Division May Shuffle Assistant Principal Assignments

The school division may be relocating assistant principals as part of a leadership development effort, according to an email to some staff from Executive Director and Chief of Schools, Rae Mitchell.

The email referred to a meeting between administrators and principals, dubbed “Building Leadership Capacity in LCPS.” Mitchell wrote that principals were instructed to not share the plans, of which School Board members also were not aware, but after the news spread across social media a decision was made to  brief all assistant principals on the plans.

Mitchell wrote that not all assistant principals would be moved, and no one would experience a change in level.

In a statement, Superintendent Scott Ziegler said moving administrators is standard operational procedure in most school divisions.

“It is done for a variety of reasons, including leadership development and the enhancement of the principal candidate pipeline. Involving administrators with different school populations, leadership styles and mentorship opportunities creates a more empathetic, knowledgeable administrative staff that can best respond to the changing needs of the community it serves,” he wrote.    

In a series of emails sent to Ziegler, board member Denise Corbo (At Large) wrote that the information spreading across social media without the board knowing about the plan, was “highly embarrassing for the Board and show the community a lack of leadership.”

Corbo also wrote that she opposed moving administrators.

“In a time when our division is vulnerable and the community is divided, why on Earth would you make this proposal and expect principals to keep the information confidential?” she wrote. 

It is still not clear how many assistant principals will be reassigned.

7 thoughts on “Division May Shuffle Assistant Principal Assignments

  • 2022-04-05 at 4:07 pm
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    “In a series of emails sent to Ziegler, board member Denise Corbo (At Large) wrote that the information spreading across social media without the board knowing about the plan, was “highly embarrassing for the Board and show the community a lack of leadership.”

    How many times do these school board members have to be humiliated, before they’ll take the action needed to recover the public’s trust? Ziegler hates parents and taxpayers — now it appears he thinks even less of the elected school board. It’s as if the board is in an abusive relationship, and keeps putting on the makeup and sunglasses to cover for this guy.

  • 2022-04-05 at 5:20 pm
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    This such an untimely, poorly thought-out idea. Large businesses do this within departments. A school is not a business, nor should it be run as such. Part of the admin team’s job is to build a community, a climate, and a culture within the school, and the students know this. Once that community is established, along with the expectations of the community, the school succeeds. The product is a successful student within a successful school, not profits like in a business. What this looks like is a division head noticing some high performing schools with low instances of discipline and refusing to replace the low performing, high discipline problem admins and issuing transfer orders so the successful admins can save the day, thus weakening an already strong program in the successful school. After COVID, admin teams had to work tirelessly to reestablish the community, culture, and climate so that the transition back to normalcy was quick and painless. One year is not enough to put that in place, and now each school is going to have to reinvent itself with, in some cases, weak administrators. Using “empathy” as the rationale makes no sense when “empathy” takes years to establish by having a core admin team tweaking individual programs within the base school which fit the needs of the population it serves. Is it impossible to replace an under performing admin team in Loudoun without damaging those who have established and experienced success?

  • 2022-04-05 at 10:52 pm
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    We are going to replace Ziggy and the entire school board at the next election. Woke, incompetent, criminals are running LCPS

  • 2022-04-06 at 8:57 am
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    Why do teachers (like Corbo) think they can dictate how schools are staffed?

  • 2022-04-06 at 9:47 am
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    So Zielger and his band of incompetents thought that making involuntary job changes to dozens of mid-level administrators would be something that could be kept on the hush-hush?

    These people do not understand human behavior. And should not be running an organization which is *supposed* to be education little human beings.

    On a related note: Has the new Ziegler/LCPS “fall guy” been onboarded yet?

  • 2022-04-06 at 9:47 am
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    Zieler is not fit to run this school system which has turned Loudoun into a disaster. Parents used to move to Loudoun because of the reputation of our school system. Scott has destroyed that reputation during his tenure. He should resign.

  • 2022-04-07 at 8:51 am
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    In a series of emails sent to Ziegler, board member Denise Corbo (At Large) wrote that the information spreading across social media without the board knowing about the plan, was “highly embarrassing for the Board and show the community a lack of leadership.”

    Corbo also wrote that she opposed moving administrators.

    Ms. Corbo is right – it is highly embarrassing – however, the embarrassment stems from an adult on the school board that refuses to show up in person or speak on the phone with the superintendent to resolve disputes prior to the school board meetings because she demands extensive emails and preferential treatment. Instead the situation escalates to such an extreme that a confidential matter was discussed publicly that will only effect possibly 24 assistant principals that would like to make lateral transfers to improve their chances of becoming a principal. 17 have already shown interest and this is a standard operating procedure outside of the school board’s authority.

    On April 20, 2021 the school board held a work session to clarify the scope of school board members. School Board Work Session – Policy 1035, School Board Norms, Protocols and Violations 6:00 p.m. http://go.boarddocs.com/vsba/loudoun/Board.nsf/goto?open&id=C23S8B6C6237 (Virtual Meeting). Perhaps the new school board chair and Ms. Corbo, as well as Mr. Hoyler, need to revisit that meeting and their scope of authority instead of escalating a confidential personnel decision and interfering with operations.

    If this hadn’t become grandstanding gossip, we would simply have had administrators that are pursuing their ambitions in their career. Now that this has become contentious, it is just another example of a broken school board that is so divided that publicly reprimanding a superintendent, who tried to communicate maturely via phone instead of drawn out misinterpreted emails, is deemed acceptable by Mr. Morse. On this I concur with Ms. Sheridan, Mr. Marshall, and Mr. Mahedavi that the superintendent is responsible for personnel decisions and operations, and it was in “poor taste and unprofessional” to publicly chastise the superintendent because that school board member demanded emails over a phone call to resolve a misunderstanding.

    A broken and divided school board is not a pleasant spectacle. Rumors, gossip, operational interference, passionate misunderstandings that are aired publicly are not mature ways to handle a position they were elected for. I expect better and applaud Ms. Sheridan and Mr. Marshall for speaking up and upstanding against the bullying the superintendent was receiving for doing his job. I might not agree with all that they do, or all the decisions that are made with LCPS, but a superintendent doesn’t need the school board’s permission to do his job and APs don’t need the school board’s permission to transfer to a different school, especially if retaliations are a concern. Ziegler was hired to do his job. Let him do his job and stop the rumors and leaking of confidential documents to the public. Be more professional. Start there. And apologize to the public for making a mountain out of a mole hill. We deserve better.

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