Some pupils returning to private schools in the Augusta-Aiken area this fall will see a new face in the principal's office.
Students at Augusta Preparatory Day School will be greeted by a new headmaster, Jack Hall.
Mr. Hall was selected by Augusta Prep's board of trustees in May. Sam Nicholson, a member of the board, said Mr. Hall's experience impressed board members.
Mr. Hall was most recently director of admissions and financial aid at May Institute and St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis.
He took over as headmaster July 1, replacing Steve Blanchard. Mr. Blanchard, who had been headmaster since 1992, accepted a job at Porter Gaud School in Charleston, S.C.
Mr. Hall is excited to be at Augusta Prep.
"Everyone has been very receptive to me and my family, and I am really looking forward to the school year," he said.
He is quick to say that the school is not in need of any major changes.
"Mr. Blanchard was highly successful at this school," Mr. Hall said.
Under Mr. Blanchard's leadership, several additions to the school were built, and enrollment grew from 250 students in 1992 to 520 in 1999.
Enrollment for the 1999-2000 school year is 540.
Mr. Hall plans to upgrade the technology systems at Augusta Prep.
"I want to focus on installing e-mail in all classrooms," he said. Faculty salaries and professional development are other issues he plans to address.
When the school reopens, a new addition to the upper school will also open.
Other new principals at local private schools are:
Carol Roach, Our Lady of Peace School, North Augusta.
Sister Margaret Mary Mohr, Immaculate Conception School.
Donald Fudge, Aiken Preparatory School.
Ashlee Griggs is a staff writer for The Augusta Chronicle. She can be reached at 823-3351.