RPS announces 12 new principals for upcoming school year


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Public Schools announced the hiring of 12 new principals for the upcoming school year Thursday. The news comes after sources told 8News certain principals were on the chopping block after “unannounced visits to schools.”

The schools that will have new principals for the 2019-2020 year include: Bellevue Elementary, Blackwell Elementary, Fairfield Court Elementary, George Mason Elementary, Ginter Park Elementary, George Wythe High School, Greene Elementary, Henderson Middle School, John Marshall High School, Overby-Sheppard Elementary, Richmond Community High School and Thomas Jefferson High School.  

The candidates were chosen, according to RPS, after multiple interviews with teachers, community members and school district leaders in a rigorous, seven-step selection process. RPS Superintendent Jason Kamras praised the new hires as “great leaders.” 

“In each one of these candidates we saw great leaders who we know will lead with love and inspire our students to greatness,” Kamras said.

RPS said the new principal for Albert Hill Middle School will be announced another time. You can find the full list of new principals coming to RPS below. 

“Every child deserves to have a principal that will set high expectations and provide a loving and motivating environment,” said School Board Chairwoman Dawn Page. “I’m excited to welcome these new principals to our RPS family.”

New RPS principals for the 2019-2020 school year: 

  • Bellevue Elementary School – V. Tanaia Hines
  • Blackwell Elementary School – Teresa Anderson
  • Fairfield Court Elementary School – Demetri Sermons
  • George Mason Elementary School – Kimberly Cook
  • Ginter Park Elementary School – L. Michelle Jones
  • George Wythe High School – Joseph Pisani
  • Greene Elementary School – Juvenal Abrego-Meneses
  • Henderson Middle School – Antoine London
  • John Marshall High School – Monica Murray
  • Overby-Sheppard Elementary School – Shayla Holeman
  • Richmond Community High School – Kenya Massenburg
  • Thomas Jefferson High School – Cherita Sears

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