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New principals gather to prepare for start of school

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New school principals hired or promoted recently by the diocesan Office of Catholic Schools gathered for the annual new principals meeting July 7 at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington.


Two new high school principals this school year are Frank Roque of Bishop O’Connell and Tim Guy of Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria.


Seven new parish school principals are Darcie Girmus of St. Bernadette School, Springfield; Anthony Sahadi of St. Ann School, Arlington; Amy Fry of St. Anthony of Padua School, Falls Church; Kate Chelak of Blessed Sacrament School, Alexandria; Jeanne Canavan of Our Lady of Hope School, Potomac Falls; Jen Schiller of St. William of York School, Stafford, and Kristie Meyers, Queen of Apostles School, Alexandria.


Superintendent Joseph E. Vorbach and assistant superintendents Diane Elliott, David Lima, Leslie Lipovski and Renee White each gave presentations on their specialty areas, ranging from accreditation programs and curriculum assessments to compliance with federal programs, enrollment and marketing. Lima, former principal of St. William of York School in Stafford, joined the Office of Catholic Schools in June.


Vorbach called the meeting “a very productive gathering of the new leaders in our diocesan schools. It was an opportunity to connect a talented and experienced group of Catholic educators as a new cohort of leaders in our diocese.”


He added that the meeting provided “essential information that will ease their transition and give them opportunities to begin networking with one another. These collaborative bonds will be essential to overall success in the coming year.”


Terri D’Elia, director of the diocesan Office of Human Resources, gave a briefing on hiring and human resources policies, and School Health Coordinator Beth Bostwick spoke about health protocols and the ongoing threat of COVID-19.


“We are coming out of COVID, but not entirely out of it, and our leaders will still be doing a lot to prepare school communities for the first year of ‘almost back to normal’,” Vorbach said. 


© Arlington Catholic Herald 2021