CHARLES TOWN – A former Berkeley County assistant superintendent of school has been named interim principal of Jefferson High School.
[cleeng_content id="479323961" description="Read it now!" price="0.49" t="article"]In a unanimous vote, the Jefferson County Board of Education selected George Michael to finish out the school year as Jefferson’s top administrator following the resignation last month of Howard Guth, who pleaded guilty to charges of criminally negligent vehicular manslaughter in circuit court in Washington County, Md. Guth, 58, was charged after driving with a blood alcohol content of .08 at the time he hit and killed Priyanka Malik, 26, on March 11, 2013.
“We looked for an individual who had previous administrative experience, and Mr. Michael comes with a great deal,” Superintendent Susan Wall said on Tuesday.
Michael has previously served as principal at Martinsburg South Middle School, Sistersville High School, and Chewing Middle School in Durham, N.C.
Michael, who also served as assistant superintendent of Berkeley County Schools, has also been interim principal of Martinsburg Middle School and Berkeley Springs High School.
“Not only does he have experience as an administrator,” said Wall, “he has experience transitioning a school when an administrator leaves. The transition will be smoother.”
“I’m not here to make any big changes because there is going to be a new principal next year,” Michael said. “I want to see that the school is ready to start for next year, get the seniors graduated and have the rest of the students have a very good year at school.”
“The school is very, very good academically, and it seems to be a very smooth operation,” he added.
Michael will serve out the remainder of the year, but will not apply for permanent appointment to the post when the board of education begins accepting new applications later this year. The job will first be publicly posted and then there will be a period for the board to do interviews before choosing a permanent replacement.
“I think we are very fortunate,” Wall said. “I think Mr. Michael will work well with Jefferson High School and the staff already in place. He will make sure that instruction is still the first priority.”