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New principal for Essex High School, citizens relay concerns to school board in mass meeting

Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 12:46 pm

The Essex County School Board appointed Andrew Hipple as its new high school principal during a closed session at their regular monthly meeting on Monday night.

Hipple was principal for one year for the middle and high schools in Colonial Beach before resigning in June. Before that Hipple was principal and assistant principal for Rappahannock County Public Elementary and Middle Schools.

Meanwhile, a science teacher resigned Monday, adding to a host of positions the county needs to fill before September. Essex has 25 positions posted on its website but Nan Elda, school board human resources director, said the positions are quickly being filled and the site is not up to date.

She said most of the core teaching positions have been filled. These include  the high school English teacher and earth science teacher, the middle school English teacher and social studies teacher and the high school guidance counselor and the elementary math teacher.

The county is waiting for responses for offers made to candidates for a high school math teacher, a middle school business and information technology teacher,  special education teachers and an elementary school paraprofessional. Elda said the board is interviewing candidates for a French teacher, library media specialist,  high school family and consumer sciences teacher, and two middle school math teachers. A speech language pathologist position is contracted out, so that is always posted on the school website.


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