ISLE OF WIGHT, Va. (WAVY) - Isle of Wight County Schools announced several administrative changes within the division Thursday.
Division Superintendent Katrise Perera announced via a press release the selection of new principals for Hardy and Westside Elementary schools.
Hardy Elementary will begin the 2013-2014 school year with Principal Tawanda Ford, who is leaving her position as Assistant Principal for Smithfield High School. Ford and the Hardy Elementary Staff will hold a meet and greet August 5 at 4 p.m.
"My goal at Hardy Elementary is to ensure that reading continues to be a priority," said Ford. "My expectation for this school year is to plan and promote continuous school improvement."
Westside Elementary School's new leader will be Clint Walters, who is leaving his position as former Assistant Principal and Interim Acting Principal of Hardy Elementary School. Walters and his new staff will also hold a meet and greet August 6 at 4 p.m.
"I am excited about this opportunity to join the Westside family and to work with the excellent staff as we empower students to meet their academic potential," said Walters.
Other administration changes within IOW County schools, effective July 22, are as follows:
- Assistant Principal of Smithfield High School Bryan Thrift is leaving his position.
- Assistant Principal of Smithfield Middle School Alice Graham is leaving her position.
- Lynn Briggs -- the Director of Instructional Technology, Virtual Learning, Policy Research and Data Management -- will begin as Associate Principal of Smithfield High School August 5.
- Kimberly Vick will return to Smithfield Middle School as Assistant Principal.
- Casey Roberts will begin as Assistant Principal of Smithfield High School July 29.
Positions within IOW County schools that still need to be filled include Assistant Principal at Hardy Elementary School and a split Assistant Principal for Windsor Middle School and Westside Elementary School.
"I would like to thank both Mr. Thrift and Ms. Graham for their years of dedication to the students of Isle of Wight County Schools," said Perera. "Change is a natural part of growth and I look forward to collaborating with our new leaders as we strive to meet the needs of our 21st century learners."
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