DPS hires 3 new principals, 9 new assistants

Dayton Public Schools will have new principals at three of its 28 schools this fall, and a fourth will have the “interim” tag removed from her name.

Jacquelyn Pope returns to DPS as the principal at Meadowdale High School, replacing Brian McKnight, according to district officials. Pope started with DPS as a kindergarten teacher in 1999 and later was assistant principal at Ponitz Career Tech Center, before leaving in 2012 to go to Columbus City Schools.

Joy Stokes is the new principal at Belle Haven PreK-6 School, replacing Shari Hoskins. Stokes was assistant principal at River’s Edge Montessori PreK-6 School last year. Jennifer Dearwester will be the principal at Ruskin PreK-6 School for this year, having served as interim principal last year.

Karl Perkins, most recently the principal at the DPS-supported Dayton Business Technology High School, will be principal at the newly reconfigured Wogaman Middle School, replacing Renaldo O’Neal, according to DPS officials.

Wogaman is one of three schools that will serve as a middle school in the district’s new model, putting new emphasis on improvement in grades 7 and 8. Edwin Joel Brown and Wright Brothers, also opening as middle schools this year, will continue to be led by principals Channey Goode and Shawna Welch, respectively.

DPS spokeswoman Jill Drury said McKnight, Hoskins and O’Neal all resigned to pursue opporunities outside the district.

Nine DPS schools also have new assistant principals this year. They are: Daniel Gibson at Eastmont; Tasha Millerton at Wogaman; Vanisa Turney at Edison; Stacey Williams at World of Wonder; Myra Baker at Kiser; Maya Dorsey at Edwin Joel Brown; Timothy McKinney at River’s Edge; Jessica Reese at Ruskin; and Caitlin Smith at Fairview.

The first day of classes for DPS students in kindergarten through grade 12 is Aug. 16.

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