New Hillsboro Principal Excited About New School Year

Hillsboro, WV – It’s a new school year, and Hillsboro Elementary is starting off the year with a new Principal, Ricky Sharp II. Sharp is excited to see how the school year will unfold. He says he started working in education at a private school in Tucker County.

“I started out working with troubled youth, and at that point we worked with struggling youth from all over the county” says Sharp. “We taught morals and virtues and aided students in jumping back into their school system and back into the home setting or with another school; and to catch them up with credits.”

“I really felt like I was making a crucial impact on a childs’life.”

From there he went into public education, eventually earning his certification as an administrator. He explains what drew him to Hillsboro Elementary.

“I wanted to work with elementary school kids because I feel like that’s the point in the child’s life that you can have the most impact on them and really set them up for success in the future” he says. “I noticed on the state [web] site that Hillsboro was available; it’s near my house. I wanted to join the community and I felt like it’s a nice fit for me; so I applied for the position and luckily I was the best candidate for the job.”

Sharp says the school did well on the demanding Westest II and met the state standards for Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP. He doesn’t anticipate making any sweeping changes in the near future.

“Right now I just want to observe what’s happening in the school before I come in and make changes” says Sharp. “So I don’t want to change anything right now; I feel like we have a great program in place; I want to give it a chance to work.”

Sharp says he’s also got a great staff to work with.

“I’m amazed at my staff; they’re extremely talented, dedicated to not only the school, but the community as well [and] the students” he says “I feel like this school has only one way to go and that’s up.”

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