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After ousting 10 principals, Richmond Public Schools has named new school leaders for next year.

The 2019-20 school year will mark the third straight year that nearly a quarter of city schools have had a new principal. This year’s turnover comes after the school district put some principals on improvement plans, three sources told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in April.

The district released the names of the new principals Thursday.

“In each one of these candidates we saw great leaders who we know will lead with love and inspire our students to greatness,” said Superintendent Jason Kamras.

Said School Board Chairwoman Dawn Page: “Every child deserves to have a principal that will set high expectations and provide a loving and motivating environment.”

New principals are coming to the following schools:

  • Bellevue Elementary School: V. Tanaia Hines, a former assistant principal in Norfolk Public Schools;
  • Blackwell Elementary School: Teresa K. Anderson, a U.S. Navy veteran and former principal in North Carolina;
  • Fairfield Court Elementary School: Demetri Sermons, a former school leader in Wilmington, Del., and Washington, D.C.;
  • George Mason Elementary School: Kimberly Cook, a former principal in Fairfax County;
  • Ginter Park Elementary School: L. Michelle Jones, the current academic interventionist at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School in the city;
  • George Wythe High School: Joseph Pisani, the former principal at Massaponax High School in Spotsylvania County and Washington & Lee High School in Westmoreland County;
  • E.S.H. Greene Elementary School: Juvenal Abrego-Meneses, a former high school and elementary school assistant principal;
  • Henderson Middle School: Antoine London, a former assistant principal in Suffolk Public Schools;
  • John Marshall High School: Monica Murray, an assistant principal at Armstrong High School in the city;
  • Overby-Sheppard Elementary School: Shayla Holeman, a former principal in Durham, N.C.;
  • Richmond Community High School: Kenya Massenburg, the interim principal at the school this year;
  • Thomas Jefferson High School: Cherita Sears, the principal at Albert H. Hill Middle School.

Of the schools, Bellevue, Fairfield Court, E.S.H. Greene and Richmond Community are the only schools that meet the state’s full accreditation standards.

The district is still searching for a new principal at Albert Hill.

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Politics/Education Reporter

Justin Mattingly covers state government and education. A northern New York native and a Syracuse University alumnus, he's worked at the RTD since 2017. You can follow him on Twitter at @jmattingly306.

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