FCPS appoints two new administrators

Frederick County Public Schools Superintendent George Hummer announced the appointment of two new administrators.

Ms. Kristine Hickey succeeds Dr. Jessica Nail as the new principal of Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School.

She has worked in education for 30 years, most recently as an assistant principal at James Wood Middle and Sherando High.

Dr. Robin Shrum will replace Kellie Solenberger as assistant principal at Middletown Elementary.

She previously held a variety of roles in Shenandoah County Public Schools, starting as a music teacher before advancing to assistant principal, principal, and last year served as the district’s special education administrator.

Superintendent George Hummer spoke on the decision stating, “We are thrilled to recognize Ms. Hickey and Dr. Shrum in their new roles. They both have a wealth of experience in education and a strong commitment to student success. I have no doubt they will continue the strong leadership foundation already established at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School and Middletown Elementary School.”

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FCPS receives grants for cafeteria upgrades

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Frederick County Public Schools was awarded four National School Lunch Program Grants totaling $113,240.

A total of $1.46 million was given to 54 schools from around Virginia in equipment grants.

New and replacement kitchen equipment will be distributed to Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School, Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School, and Sherando and Millbrook High Schools using funds from the grant.

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FCPS recognizes support staff

Frederick County Public Schools Interim Superintendent John Lamanna recognized five outstanding support staff employees with the school division’s yearly awards.

Ed Lambert was named Bus Driver of the Year for his service to students over the last 15 years at Greenwood Mill Elementary School and Millbrook High School.

Zach Stiles received the Gala Award as the Security Officer for James Wood High School.

The Macintosh Award was presented to Amy Peschken who is an instructional assistant at Admiral Richard E. Byrd Middle School.

The Rome Award for school nutrition services staff was given to Amber Hammons of James Wood Middle School.

The winner of the York Award, which is designated for specialists, is Brandy Bennett at Senseny Road School.

The recipients of each award received $500 and a plaque.

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