New administrators start at Williamsburg-James City County schools

Three new principals started working this month and two new assistant principals will begin in August at schools in Williamsburg/James City County School District, school officials said this week.

The new principals picked from employees who already worked within the district, Human Resources Director Jon Andre said Tuesday.

Veronda Mathews will lead at Norge Elementary School, and has been with the district since 2005. Melissa White takes the helm at Stonehouse Elementary School and has been with the district since 2006. Amour Mickel is the new principal at Berkeley Middle School, and has been with the district since 2010.

They started their new jobs on July 22, Andre said. They replaced three principals who left their positions at the end of the last school year for other opportunities.

Before their promotions, Matthews was assistant principal at Norge, White was assistant principal at Rawls Byrd Elementary School, Mickel was assistant principal at Warhill High School.

The district tapped two external candidates to fill in as assistant principals — Heather Evans, who was a principal at Middlesex Elementary School in the eastern Virginia, will be an assistant principal at Norge Elementary School and Thomas Kenney, who was assistant principal at William Ramsey Elementary School in Alexandria, will be assistant principal at Matthew Whaley Elementary School. These two will begin working for the district Aug. 1.

More than 11,100 students attend 15 schools in Williamsburg-James City County’s school district which serves children living in the city and county, as well as other students who pay tuition to attend its schools.

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