Superintendent David Sovine Announces Several Administrative Changes Involving Three Schools

For Immediate Release
May 3, 2017
Contact: Steve Edwards, Coordinator of Policy and Communications
540-662-3888 ext. 88235

Frederick County Schools Superintendent David Sovine today announced several administrative changes that will take effect at the conclusion of the 2016-17 school year. Sovine says, “As is the case nearly every year, there are transitions that occur within our administrative ranks. This will be the case next year at Redbud Run Elementary School, Bass-Hoover Elementary School and Frederick County Middle School. Each of those schools will have new principals for the 2017-18 school year.”

Redbud Run Elementary School Principal Angela White has been named the coordinator of the pilot preschool program the school division will be launching this fall. Sovine says, “Mrs. White has many years of experience working with preschool and elementary school students. During her career, she has been a teacher, assistant principal, principal and an instructional supervisor. She is excited about assuming her new role and providing the leadership necessary to make our pilot preschool program a great success.”

The Virginia Department of Education has awarded Frederick County Public Schools a Virginia Preschool Initiative-Plus grant that will fully fund the implementation of the pilot preschool program to serve at-risk four-year-olds during the 2017-18 school year. The grant, which requires no local funding match, will cover all of the cost associated with the program in 2017-18. If federal funds remain available in 2018-19, it’s anticipated the grant will be extended for a second year.

White began her teaching career at several private schools in northern Virginia where her assignments included teaching preschool and kindergarten. In 1993, she joined Frederick County Public Schools as a first grade teacher at Senseny Road Elementary School. During her years at Senseny Road, she was also a Reading Recovery teacher. After teaching for seven years at Senseny Road Elementary, she became the assistant principal at Redbud Run Elementary School. From 2003 through 2005, she was the principal at Bass-Hoover Elementary School. White became an elementary instructional supervisor in 2005 and served in that role for seven years before returning to Redbud Run Elementary School to serve as principal.

Current Bass-Hoover Elementary School Principal Joe Strong will be succeeding White as the principal at Redbud Run Elementary School. Strong has been the principal at Bass-Hoover for the past four years.

Sovine says, “Mr. Strong is an effective school leader who embraces the challenge of building teams and cultivating a school community in order to take academic achievement to the next level. The results Mr. Strong and his staff have achieved at Bass-Hoover are quite impressive. Although there is some sadness associated with leaving Bass-Hoover, Mr. Strong is looking forward to working together with the staff at Redbud Run Elementary to continue serving the students and families at that school well.”

Prior to serving as the principal at Bass-Hoover, Strong spent nine years at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School including one as assistant principal (2004) and eight as principal (2005-2013). He taught at Redbud Run Elementary School for four years before becoming the assistant principal at Apple Pie Ridge Elementary School.

Frederick County Middle School will also have a new principal for the 2017-18 school year. Susan Brinkmeier, who has been the principal at Frederick County Middle School since 2011, will be assuming a new role as Supervisor of Operations. In her new role, Brinkmeier will work collaboratively with staff on issues such as compliance and records management.

Sovine says, “Mrs. Brinkmeier and her team have made a positive impact at Frederick County Middle School over the past six years. In addition to implementing a variety of research-based instructional initiatives designed to improve student achievement, they successfully opened the new Frederick County Middle School in August and have led their school community through a smooth transition. Mrs. Brinkmeier is student-focused and detail-oriented. Those characteristics will prove to be valuable as she assumes her new role.”

Brinkmeier served as both an elementary and middle school teacher in Frederick County from 1993 through 2001. From 2001 through 2011, she worked for Loudoun County Public Schools as a reading specialist, middle school dean and assistant principal.

The vacancy announcements for the principal positions at Bass-Hoover Elementary School and Frederick County Middle School will be posted in the coming days.