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Pair of principals to retire

By Alex Bridges abridges@nvdaily.com

WINCHESTER -- Frederick County schools will lose two veteran educators to retirement at the end of June.

Carolyn Maccubbin, principal at Armel Elementary School, and Mark Whittle, principal at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, plan to retire effective June 30, according to a press release issued by the division Tuesday.

Maccubbin began her education career in 1971 as an elementary school teacher in Winchester, the release states. Maccubbin joined the Frederick County division in 2004 as the assistant principal at Armel, according to the release. The next year Macccubbin took over as principal of the school.

Maccubbin admitted to feeling "mixed emotions" about the next step.

"I am looking forward to this retirement, to have time with family, do some traveling, and volunteering in the community," Maccubbin said late Wednesday while making sure children staying late for a club had rides from parents. "So I'd say those things I'm looking forward to, but the part of it is I truly enjoy the work I've been a part of in Frederick County in the school system, and I'm not planning to walk away totally from education. I want to continue being involved in some way as well, because I know there's always a need for that extra set of hands."

Maccubbin said she has enjoyed working with teachers, watching staff grow and hone their skills, and the parents.

Whittle, a graduate of James Wood High School, began his career in the division in 1977 as an English teacher at Frederick County Middle School. Whittle joined James Wood Middle School in 1995 and served four years as an administrative assistant to the assistant principal and principal, according to the release. Whittle took over as principal at Frederick County Middle School in 1999. The division named Whittle as the first principal at Byrd Middle School when it opened in 2004.

Superintendent David T. Sovine notes in the release that the division hopes to name the successors before the end of the current school year. Officials posted the vacancy announcements for the principal positions today, the release states.

Sovine in the release lauded the efforts of Maccubbin and Whittle.

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