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New principal hired to lead James Blair

New principal hired to lead James Blair

Walls are up, cement floors have hardened and James Blair Middle School is taking shape at Ironbound and Longhill roads.

It's a place Ty Harris has only been once, but around which he will plan most of his days starting July 1.

More than a year before its scheduled open date in September 2018, the Williamsburg-James City County School Board hired 40-year-old Harris as the school's principal. He leads a similarly sized school in Falls Church.

Harris has been a principal at Mary Ellen Henderson Middle School for two years, overseeing about 588 students in 2016-17. He was promoted from assistant principal at Henderson, which Superintendent Olwen Herron said was a selling...