New principal at Essex High School

The Essex County School Board this week, appointed Andrew Hipple as the new high school principal. Hipple was principal for one year for the middle and high schools in Colonial Beach before resigning in June.

Prior to that, Hipple was principal and assistant principal for Rappahannock County Public Elementary and Middle Schools. As a teacher he worked in Virginia and in Pennsylvania for ten years and was a post-secondary technical school administrator.

In other news from this week’s school board meeting, a science teacher has resigned, adding to a number of positions the county needs to fill before September. Essex has 25 positions posted on its website, however, the school board human resources director says the positions are quickly being filled and the site is not up to date.

In addition to the teaching positions yet to be filled, several coaching and assistant coaching positions are also still posted on the website along with cafeteria worker, transportation and other student services staff.

None of the positions will close until the board approves an applicant.