LOW MOOR — The Alleghany School County School Board on Tuesday appointed Dwayne Ross as director of secondary instruction.
Ross is currently principal of Alleghany High School. The school board named Karen Staunton as interim principal of the high school until a permanent replacement is named.
Ross will become director of secondary education Jan. 20. Staunton will assume her duties as AHS interim principal on the same date.
Ross will replace Kelly Huff as director of secondary education. Huff resigned Dec. 31 to accept a position with Fauquier County Public Schools.
“I feel that Mr. Ross embodies what Alleghany County Public Schools means to our faculty and students. His desire for students to succeed is second to none and I feel that his experience will be of great value to our instructional program. I am truly excited for him and our school division on his appointment,” said Sherman Callahan, acting superintendent of Alleghany County schools.
Ross graduated from Alleghany High School in 1988. He received a bachelor’s degree in History from Virginia Military Institute in 1992.
Ross earned a master’s degree in Administration and Supervision PK-12 from James Madison University in 2002.
He served as director of alternative education in Alleghany Highlands Public Schools and Alleghany County schools from August 1992 until June 2002.
Ross then became an assistant principal at Alleghany High School until October 2014, when he was appointed as principal.
“I am extremely humbled and thrilled to use my passion and knowledge for education to help guide instruction for Alleghany High School and Clifton Middle School. I am anxious to start my new journey, and I am honored that Acting Superintendent Callahan, the selection committee, and the School Board have chosen me for this new role. I have been truly blessed to be part of the Alleghany County community family, and I am ready to help with the continued enhancement of the comprehensive instructional plan,” Ross said.
Staunton received an undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech and continued her education receiving two master’s degrees, including Educational Leadership, from Radford University.
Staunton has worked with Alleghany County Public Schools for 15 years, currently serving as an assistant principal at Alleghany High School.