More than half of school principals being moved
CENTREVILLE — When Queen Anne’s County students head back to school this fall, most of them will be greeted by new principals. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carol Williamson and Assistant Superintendent Greg Pilewski announced administrative changes June 21 for the 2016-2017 school year that shift the adminstrators at more than half the county’s schools.
Only Kent Island and Bayside elementaries, Stevensville Middle, Centreville Middle and Kent Island High retain the same principals. Jon Marketto has resigned as athletic director at Queen Anne’s County High to take a post of assistant principal at KIHS.
Sudlersville Elementary is getting a brand new principal, but she’s a familiar face to the school system.
“We are pleased to have Kim Seidel returning to our county and joining our administrative team. She was a previous teacher and specialist for QACPS prior to going to Prince George’s County Public Schools,” said Williamson.
Seidel replaces Richard McNeal, who was appointed interim principal in February 2016.
Carol Kamp is moving to Grasonville Elementary, while John Lischner will replace her at Matapeake Elementary. David DuLac is the new principal at Matapeake Middle, while Dr. Angela Holocker is the new principal at Queen Anne’s County High. Jacquelyn Wilhelm is moving to Church Hill Elementar y.
Michelle Carey is the new principal at Kennard; Dr. Lloyd Taylor is the new principal at Centreville Elementary. Sean Kenna is the new principal at Sudlersville Middle.
Williamson said a similar shift took place about five years ago. Some staff had requested new assignments Williamson said, and sometimes it is about infusing new energy and taking a school to the next level.
Williamson said she and Pilewski, who will serve as the interim superintendent for the 2016-17 school year, had discussed these assignments in depth and met with all of the administrators individually before the new assignments were made.
Williamson and Pilewski said they spent many hours reflecting on school data and the needs of the system while making these assignments.
“We believe these assignments will help our schools continue on an upward performance trajectory,” Williamson confidently stated.
Principals will be sending a welcome letter to their new staff and community within the next several weeks. However, Williamson said, due to several school-based and central office administrative positions that still need to be filled there may be additional shifts within the administrative team.
Administrators are approved as following:
Bayside and Kent Island elementary schools, Lawrence Dunn, principal; Arlene Reading, assistant principal.
Centreville Elementary, Dr. Lloyd Taylor, principal.
Centreville Middle, Amy Hudock, principal; Theresa Farnell, assistant principal.
Church Hill Elementary, Jacquelyn Wilhelm, principal.
Grasonville Elementary, Carol Kamp, principal.
Kennard Elementary, Michelle Carey, principal.
Kent Island High, John Schrecongost, principal; Tracey Kenna, academic dean;
Daniel Harding, assistant principal and athletic director; Jon Marketto, assistant principal; and an assistant principal to be determined.
Matapeake Elementary, John Lischner, principal.
Matapeake Middle, David DuLac principal; Kaylen Kovach, assistant principal.
Stevensville Middle, Kevin Kintop, principal; Jennifer Schrecongost, assistant principal.
Sudlersville Elementary, Kimberly Seidel, principal.
Sudlersville Middle, Sean Kenna, principal; Thomas Walls, assistant principal.
Queen Anne’s County High, Dr. Angela Holocker, principal; Louisa Welch, academic dean; Brian Kelly, assistant principal and athletic director; Deborah Lawrence, assistant principal.
On Wednesday, June 15, Del. Steven J. Arentz presented a Maryland House of Delegates Citation to Principal Carol Kamp and the staff of Matapeake Elementary School in recognition of Kamp’s exemplary leadership of a devoted team of caring professionals whose commitment to the students and families of Matapeake Elementary School will benefit the community for generations. The presentation was made during the school’s fifth grade advancement program, that saw 75 students being promoted to middle school. After being approached by parents of Matapeake Elementary School where Kamp and her staff enjoy wide and enthusiastic support, Arentz said he was honored to recognize the good work done to the benefit of all students and marking the end of another successful school year.
Queen Anne’s County High School Principal Jacquelyn Wilhelm, left, and Cody Pfieffer display his Maryland History Day Award.