Give Input on Western’s New Principal

It’s been only two years since WAHS searched for a new high school principal. Now it’s time to do it again.

And this is the time when I implore all denizens of Western Albemarle to express feedback and get involved – even you elementary school parents; this is the high school to which many of you will be sending your kids.

Even if you don’t have kids in the Western schools, the school quality matters – for the quality of education and our property values.

School quality matters for a lot of reasons, not least because school quality directly impacts property values – and school quality is one of the very few things in which home buyers do not compromise.

via email:

Good Evening Western Albemarle Feeder Pattern Families:

Western’s current principal John Werner will be leaving at the end of this school year. As such, we are beginning the search for your next principal. The principal search is a rigorous process which has transformed and developed over the course of the past few years. The process allows us to look at each candidate through a number of different lenses to help make an informed decision about who will be Dr. Werner’s successor. The search process will begin this week with the posting of the vacancy announcement for Principal at Western Albemarle High School.  

Both internal and external candidates will be considered for this search. Throughout the selection process, a series of screenings and interviews will occur prior to the Superintendent making a recommendation to the School Board. You will be notified of the choice via email following the School Board meeting, at which the decision is finalized, likely at the April 24th meeting,

Your input is a vital part of the selection process. Below is the link to a survey that will be available to all members of the Western Albemarle High School community. It will allow you to prioritize the characteristics that you desire in your principal and provide feedback through your comments. I encourage you to complete that survey. In order to participate, you may either: 


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As part of the interview process, there will be a school-level interview committee. Our goal is to have the committee be representative of the school, consisting of teachers and classified staff members, parents, students, a current high school principal, and a Human Resources staff member. The purpose of this committee is to provide feedback on each candidate for Dr. Moran to consider as part of the hiring decision. It is just one level of the multi-tiered interview course that a candidate will go through during the decision-making process. If you are interested in serving on the school-level interview committee, please email Clare Keiser ([email protected]), Assistant Director of Educator Quality, with the following information by 5:00 pm on March 27. Please realize that space on the committee is limited and not all who are interested will be able to participate.

  • Name
  • Grade level(s) of your child/children at WAHS
  • Grade level(s) of your child/children at other ACPS schools, if applicable
  • Reason you would like to serve on the committee.

Please realize that committee members are asked to keep all information regarding the interviews confidential, including your membership on the committee, candidates, questions, responses, discussions, and outcomes. We are scheduled to conduct the interviews during the week of April 13. While the date is not firmly set yet, I assure you it will not be the first day back from Spring Break.  The time commitment on the school-level interview day will be from approximately 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank You,

Matt Haas

Assistant Superintendent

Albemarle County Public Schools

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