Wednesday, August 05, 2009

School system announces new principal, vice principals

Superintendent James E. Richmond has announced the appointment of Douglass Dolan as acting principal of Mattawoman Middle School, effective immediately. Dolan replaces William Wise, who retired last month after 44 years of service to Charles County Public Schools. Dolan's appointment must be approved by the Board of Education, which meets next on Aug. 11.

Dolan moves to Mattawoman from Theodore G. Davis Middle School where he has served as a vice principal for the past two years. Dolan began his career in education in 1995 as a social studies teacher at Benjamin Stoddert Middle School in Prince George's County. He transferred after one year to Friendly High School where he started as a social studies teacher and later served as an assistant principal during his 11 years at the school.

Dolan's appointment is the first of several administrative changes made this week for the upcoming school year. Richmond also appointed two acting vice principals pending Board approval next week. They are: Shannon Finnigan as acting vice principal at Berry Elementary School; and Jackie Couvillon as acting vice principal at William A. Diggs Elementary School.

Additionally, Richmond announced the following vice principal transfers:

  • Pauline Johnson from La Plata High School to Henry E. Lackey High School;
  • Veronica Crawford from Lackey to La Plata;
  • Patricia Mooring from Gale-Bailey Elementary School to Arthur Middleton Elementary School;
  • Tara Moore from Middleton to Gale-Bailey; and
  • David Hoogerheide from Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary School to William A. Diggs Elementary School.

    There are still three administrative openings, which Richmond hopes to fill prior to the start of the school year. Vacancies include the principal position at the F.B. Gwynn Center, vice principal at Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy and vice principal at Davis.

    All new assignments begin immediately.

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