The Roanoke County School Board approved the appointments of four new principals last night. All appointments are effective as of July 1.
Current William Byrd Middle School assistant principal Todd Kageals is the new principal at WBMS. He replaces Tammy Newcomb, who earlier this year was named the new principal at William Byrd High School.
Karen Pendleton has been named the new principal at Penn Forest Elementary. Pendleton replaces current Penn Forest principal Jean Brammer, who will retire at the end of the school year.
Pendleton is the current principal at Clearbrook Elementary School. She will be replaced by Beth Umbarger, who is the current assistant principal at Burlington Elementary.
Matt Johnson has been selected as the new principal at Masons Cove Elementary School. He is the current assistant principal at Mountain View Elementary. Johnson replaces Phyllis Satterfield, who has accepted a position as a Title I Intervention Specialist at Central Office.
From Roanoke City Police: On May 26, 2016 at 12:18 p.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 2000 block of Carroll Avenue NW to investigate a shooting. The preliminary investigation indicates that two juvenile boys found access to a handgun inside the residence. Both boys were playing with the handgun when one of the juveniles, a 10-year-old boy, shot the other boy, an 11-year-old, with the handgun. The 11-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The 10-year-old boy called 911 after the shooting. At this time it appears that no one else was present inside the residence when this incident took place. Detectives are continuing to conduct interviews and evidence technicians continue to collect and analyze evidence. The investigation is on-going. Detectives have been in consultation with the Roanoke City Commonwealth’s Attorney’s. No charges have been placed at this time. Further evaluation of potential charges, if any, will be discussed with the Commonwealth Attorney after all interviews are conducted and all physical evidence is analyzed.
United Way of Roanoke Valley and partner agencies are launching a new effort to support homeless children in local schools – announcing “Rehousing Youth for Success in Education” – or RYSE – today. Almost 600 kids in Roanoke City public schools have been identified as homeless. United Way will start a special RYSE fundraising campaign – saying today it costs about $8000 to place one family in permanent housing. Ali Hammed-Moore is with ARCH, which will help supply case managers to work with families to find permanent housing: