Three New Interim Assistant Principals Named at West Side, Beall, Cash Valley
Interim Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Jeff Blank, has announced the appointment of three new interim assistant principals for the remainder of this school year. Mr. James Clark has been appointed to fill the vacant AP position at West Side Elementary School; Mrs. Ericka McKenney will be the interim AP at Beall Elementary School; and Mr. William Dwyer will assume the interim AP position at Cash Valley Elementary School.
James Clark will fill the vacancy left by Shannon Ralston, who recently took over as interim principal at Flintstone Elementary School following the retirement of Sharon Morgan. He began his career in the Allegany County Public School System in 2004 and has sixteen years of experience as a fourth-grade teacher at George’s Creek Elementary School and most recently as an elementary math specialist serving multiple schools. Mr. Clark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and his Master of Education degree in Administration and Supervision, both from Frostburg State University.
Mrs. McKenney will take over as the interim assistant principal at Beall, filling the vacancy left by Bob Stevenson, who also recently retired. She began her tenure with ACPS in 1999 as a third-grade teacher at both Parkside and Northeast Elementary Schools and has most recently been a language arts specialist at Braddock Middle School. McKenney holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and a Master of Education degree in Special Education, both from Frostburg State University.
Mr. Dwyer will assume the role of interim assistant principal at Cash Valley Elementary School for the remainder of this year, filling the vacancy left when Derek Horne took over as the principal at Westernport Elementary School. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership, both from Nova Southeastern University. Dwyer joins ACPS with more than twelve years of experience as a school administrator in West Virginia and South Carolina. His most recent assignment was that of a school principal in Florida. Dwyer is returning to Western Maryland and has several family members who reside in Allegany County.