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Hampton City Schools announces principal new hires and changes

Hampton City Schools recently announced principal new hires and changes, effective for the 2018-2019 school year. 


Kecoughtan High School
Mark Dorsey has been named principal at Kecoughtan High School, replacing Jeffrey Mordica. Dorsey has served as the principal at West Point High School in West Point, Virginia since 1999. Under his leadership, West Point High School was named a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School in 2012-2013, earned the Virginia Board of Education’s Award for Educational Excellence for the past seven years (2011-2018) as well as 2009, and earned the Governor’s Award for Educational Excellence in 2010. Also, the school received the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Sportsmanship Award 13 times since 1999. Dorsey was named the 2015 Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals Outstanding High School Principal of Virginia and was Virginia’s nominee for National Principal of the Year. He has also been recognized by Governor Warner for the Early Scholars Program and received the VFW Service to the Community Award and Technology, Making it Happen Award. He served on the VHSL executive committee from 2011 to 2016 and was the executive committee chairman during the 2014 school year. Prior to Dorsey’s principalship, he served as an assistant principal, athletic director, teacher, and coach in West Point, as well as a teacher in Lincoln County Schools in West Virginia.  

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Glenville State College, his master’s from Marshall University and his principal endorsement from Virginia Commonwealth University


Spratley Gifted Center
Paul Lawrence, the director of information literacy since 2015, has been appointed to principal for the Spratley Gifted Center. He replaces Dr. Kenneth Crum, who will become principal at Eaton Fundamental Middle School. Prior to Lawrence’s role as director, he served as an assistant principal at Kecoughtan High School for five years. Before joining Hampton City Schools, Lawrence was a technology curriculum integration specialist at the Achievable Dream Middle and High School at Newport News Public Schools, as well as a high school English teacher in Newport News.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and his masters in educational leadership and administration from The George Washington University.


Bassette Elementary School
Shelly Spain has been named principal at Bassette Elementary School. She replaces Bryce Johnson who will become principal at Tyler Elementary School. Spain has spent the past year as principal at Tyler Elementary School. She has served as an assistant principal in HCS since 2008, serving at Langley Elementary School, Barron Fundamental Elementary School, and Booker and Forrest elementary schools. With more than 22 years of educational experience, Spain has also served as a classroom teacher, literacy teacher, and instructional specialist.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Norfolk State University and a master’s degree from Regent University.


Eaton Fundamental Middle School
Dr. Kenneth Crum has been named principal at Eaton Fundamental Middle School. He replaces Sharon Slater, who will become principal at Jones Magnet Middle School. Crum has served as principal of Spratley Gifted Center for the past eight years. Prior to Spratley, he served Eaton Fundamental Middle School for two years as principal. He began his teaching career at Syms Middle School, where he served as a math teacher for eight years. His first administrative position was as an assistant principal for Poquoson Middle School, a role he held for three years, and then five years as principal before returning to Hampton.  

He earned an associates in business administration from Thomas Nelson Community College, his bachelor’s in history from the University of Virginia, and his master’s in education from Old Dominion University. Crum further pursued his education and earned his Ed.S. in administration and supervision and his doctorate in administration and policy studies, both from The George Washington University.


Jones Magnet Middle School
Sharon Slater has been named the principal for Jones Magnet Middle School, replacing Dr. Dan Bowling who was appointed as the division’s chief operations officer. Slater comes to Jones from Eaton Fundamental Middle where she served as principal. She also served as the principal at Syms Middle School, assistant principal at Eaton Fundamental Middle School and Phenix PreK-8 School, as well as a special education teacher at Bethel High School. Prior to transitioning to education, Slater worked for nine years in the area of rehabilitation services.

She has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Christopher Newport University, a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and a master’s in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.


Tyler Elementary School
Dr. Bryce Johnson has been named principal at Tyler Elementary School. He replaces Shelly Spain, who will become principal at Bassette Elementary School. Johnson has spent the past five years as principal at Bassette Elementary School. He has served as an assistant principal in HCS since 2005 serving at Hampton High School and Phenix PreK-8 School. Prior to joining HCS, Johnson taught for six years in Newport News Public Schools.
He earned a bachelor’s in science education from Asbury College, a master’s in educational leadership from Old Dominion University, and a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Old Dominion University.  

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HCS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age or other protected classes in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Robbin G. Ruth, Executive Director, Human Resources, One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-2000. 

As stated in School Board Policy AC, Hampton City Schools (“HCS”) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender, age, disability or other protected class in its programs, activities and employment practices and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.  HCS also prohibits retaliation under School Board Policy GBAH for the purpose of interfering with a person’s rights and/or privileges under federal civil rights laws, which can include: (i) raising concerns with Division personnel about a civil rights violation; (ii) asserting a right or advocating for the rights of a student or employee under federal civil rights laws; or (iii) participating in a complaint investigation or related proceedings. 

All individuals are encouraged to promptly report any incident they believe to be discrimination, harassment or retaliation in violation of HCS School Board Policy.  All reports should be made to the HCS Compliance Officer, who also serves as the HCS Executive Director of Human Resources.  Upon receiving a report of alleged discrimination, harassment or retaliation, the Compliance Officer shall promptly authorize an investigation into the complaint, determine whether the alleged act occurred, and determine whether any action must be taken to end or prevent further harassment, discrimination, or retaliation.  For more information about this process, please review School Board Policy GBAB-R.    

Should you have any questions about these procedures or the contents of this notice, please contact Hampton City Schools Compliance Officer at: One Franklin Street, Hampton, VA  23669 or (757) 727-2300.  



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Please note that some pages on the HCS website contain links to third-party sites.  HCS is not responsible for the content, facts, opinions or accessibility of third-party sites.


The majority of pages in our site are available in HTML format that can be deciphered by screen readers. Some documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF), which require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view.

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Also, many popular browsers contain built-in accessibility tools, and there are other plug-ins that make websites more accessible.

The HCS website is designed and monitored by HCS Webmaster Vickie Carper, who serves as the gatekeeper for website content and accessibility.   The Webmaster is under the direction of the Executive Director of Public Relations and Marketing, supervised by the Director of Graphics.
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HCS monitors all technology resource activity and requires all employees, students and individuals with access to HCS computer systems and networks to annually read and sign an Acceptable Use Policy.  See School Board Policy IIBEA for Students; School Board Policy GBBB for Employees.

Our continuing goal is for the HCS website to be accessible to individuals with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and that statute's implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. Part 104, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and that statute's implementing regulations at 28 C.F.R. Part 35.

Good faith efforts are being made to ensure that our website complies with web accessibility standards. In addition to the federal regulations above, we are actively working to conform to level AA of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.
Prior to posting new website content, the HCS Webmaster determines if the proposed content meets the criteria of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).  Periodically the HCS Webmaster checks the website with a recognized website checker such as 508 Checker and WAVE.  If the audit identifies issues of concern or content errors that impede accessibility to any user, the concerns/errors are evaluated and remedied within a six-week period.


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