Fauquier principal Kraig Kelican succumbs to injuries from car accident

Kraig Kelican, principal of Fauquier High School and son of former James Wood High School football coach and athletic director Jerry Kelican, passed away Thursday.

He succumbed to injuries suffered in a car crash the morning of September 6th on I-66 in Fauquier County.

Kelican’s entire 34 year career was spent in Fauquier County as at teacher, assistant principal and principal.

Superintendent Major Warner issued a statement which included, “(Kraig) was a wonderful leader and champion of kids, and the Falcon community was better because of Kraig’s impact and leadership.”

The school has made support staff available for students and staff to guide them during their time of grief.

Superintendent Warner also asked the community to keep the Kelican Family and Falcon Nation in your thoughts and prayers.

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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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Shane Goodwin announced as FCPS Assistant Superintendent

Frederick County Public Schools announced the hiring of Shane A. Goodwin as the new Assistant Superintendent for Administration.

Goodwin brings with him more than 25 years of experience in public education.

He currently serves as the Director of Human Resources and Communication for Warren County Public Schools.

His start date for FCPS is effective on June 1st, 2023.

He recently held other roles in WCPS including Assistant Principal from 2018-2019 at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School before becoming Principal from 2019-2021.

FCPS Superintendent George Hummer spoke on the hire acknowledging Goodwin’s organization and work ethic as important factors and “more importantly… was his consistent demonstration of being student focused.”

Goodwin says he looks forward to “working where students come first, where people are cared for, and where success matters.”

Goodwin holds a Bachelors degree in psychology and masters of arts in teaching from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University.

He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Shenandoah University.

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SCSB appoints three administrators

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The Shenandoah County Public School Board announced the appointment of two principals and an assistant principal during a recent meeting.

Jennifer Burner was named the principal of Honey Run Elementary School and Scott Schlentner as principal of Signal Knob Middle School.

Christine Simmons was also approved as the new assistant principal of Peter Muhlenberg Middle School.

The group combines for 61 years of experience working in education in a variety of teaching and administrative roles.

All three appointments will begin on July 1st.

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