The Shenandoah County School Board approved a personnel list at Thursday's meeting, which included the hiring of Gary Painter as the new principal at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Painter has been in education for 28 years and has served as the instructional coach at Sandy Hook for the last four years.

"Mr. Painter has a heart for kids, strong instructional and administrative experience, and he knows the Sandy Hook community," Shenandoah County Public Schools Superintendent Mark Johnston stated in a press release.

Alexandra Johnson was also approved as the new Shenandoah County Director of Student Services. Johnson is a former teacher in Shenandoah County and this past year served as Supervisor of Special Education.

"Ms. Johnson has a strong vision for collaboration in merging the Special Education and Student Services Departments to effectively serve staff, students and parents in the division," Johnston stated.

The School Board also approved the transfer of Central High School Assistant Principal Brandon Burkhart to Strasburg High School and Strasburg High School Assistant Principal Derek Ritenour to Central High School, effective July 1.

The personnel list approved by the School Board, included 25 resignations, 10 appointments and 10 transfers.

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