The students and faculty at J.L. Simpson Middle School in Leesburg will have a new principal when they return from summer break.
Lenny Compton will take the helm at Simpson next month, taking over for Chad Runfola, who has served as the school’s principal for the past 10 years. Runfola has been named an assistant principal at Broad Run High School.
Compton comes to Loudoun from Fairfax County Public Schools, where he’s served as principal of Kilmer Middle School for the past three years. He started his teaching career in Michigan, teaching math and social science. He also taught in Sudan, before taking a job in Fairfax County in 2010. There, he served as a middle school administrative intern and a middle school dean. In 2012, he was promoted to assistant principal at Herndon Middle School, before taking the leadership role at Kilmer Middle.
The Loudoun County School Board formally hired Compton with a vote Tuesday. Superintendent Eric Williams said Compton was chosen from a competitive pool of candidates. “We enthusiastically welcome him to his new role as principal at JL Simpson Middle School,” he said.
School Board member Eric DeKenipp (Catoctin), who sat in on the candidates’ interviews, said he appreciated Compton’s well-rounded background and that, as an administrator, he spends as much time as possible in the classroom. DeKenipp’s kids will attend Simpson, he noted. “So I look forward to working with you in that capacity, as a parent.”