3 New School Principals Face a Challenging Year

Cape Charles Wave

August 15, 2012

Northampton County Schools are starting the new school year with three new principals — one for each school in the County.

The new principals attended yesterday’s Northampton Board of Supervisors meeting, where they were introduced by Northampton Schools Superintendent Dr. Walter Clemons.

Alvin Coleman is the new principal at Northampton High. Previously he was a principal in the Hampton City school system.

Elizabeth Fennell is taking over at Kiptopeke Elementary. She comes from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, where she was an assistant principal.

The new principal of Occohannock Elementary is Ron Yorko, moving from Northampton High, where he was assistant principal.

“I’m excited about what we’re about to do in the 2012/13 school year,” said Clemons. His new hires come after a year of turmoil in the school system, and two of the three schools are not expected to obtain full state accreditation.

Clemons told the Northampton supervisors that Occohannock Elementary will probably earn accreditation this year, but Kiptopeke Elementary does not meet state standards for its math scores, and may not be accredited. [Read more…]