Ensuring quality education

WMLCPS principals William Bowen, Montross Middle School; Sandy Herdle, Washington District Elementary School; Leslie Steele, Cople Elementary School; Roger Coleman, Washington & Lee High School; Cathy Rice, Deputy Superintendent; and Dr. Michael Perry, Superintendent.

Since 1986, the Virginia Associations of Secondary School and Elementary School Principals have requested an annual proclamation from the state’s Governor to recognize their members.  This year, Governor Ralph Northam, declared the week of January 19-25, 2020 as a week to “recognize the hard work of Virginia school principals and to recognize the importance of principals in ensuring that every child has access to a quality education.”

Westmoreland County Public Schools is fortunate to have four outstanding educational leaders guiding the school operations in the district. They are a unique and diverse group of individuals who share a love of learning. Although their career paths align with each other, their methodologies vary.  They have all spent time as classroom instructors and have worked hard to attain their principal duties.

The role of a principal is to provide strategic direction in the school system. Under the guidance of the Superintendent, principals help develop standardized curriculum, assess teaching methods, monitor student achievement, encourage parent involvement, understand policies and procedures, administer their school budgets, evaluate staff, and oversee facilities. In Westmoreland County, each school has an assistant principal to assist the principal with their myriad of duties. 

During School Principals Appreciation Week, the district recognized the unique talents and skills of each principal. The team of Roger Coleman, principal, and Jarvis Bailey, assistant principal, at Washington & Lee High School have worked together for three years.

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 2/5/20