Principal post made permanent for Cooley

Posted: April 16, 2014

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Sharon Cooley has been named the new principal at Indian Hollow Elementary School.

The announcement was made at a Frederick County School Board meeting on Tuesday at the Administration Building.

Cooley, 55, has been serving as interim principal since Jan. 31. She assumed the role after principal Deanna Marie Lock resigned to accept an educational sales position in South Carolina.

“I’m very thankful to be able to be in the position,” Cooley said Tuesday night. “I really love it. I’ve been in it since January, and it’s great to be able to make it permanent.”

Cooley began working in the division in 1989 after serving five years as a special education teacher in New York. She spent 15 years working as a special education teacher at both Apple Pie Ridge and Stonewall elementary schools and Robert E. Aylor Middle School.

In 2004, Cooley served three years as the administrative assistant to the principal at Aylor. In 2007, she became the assistant principal at Orchard View Elementary School. Two years later, she was named the assistant principal at James Wood Middle School, where she spent five years before being named the interim principal at Indian Hollow.

Also at the meeting, the board pushed back the adoption of its 2015 fiscal year budget to late May to wait for the approval of the General Assembly’s budget, which will affect funding to local school districts.

Depending on which state budget proposal is adopted (the House, Senate or governor’s plan), there is the potential for a 2 percent salary initiative effective April 2015.

Present at the meeting were Chairman Stuart Wolk, Vice-Chairman Benjamin Waterman, and members Michael Lake, John Lamanna, Frank Wright, Peggy Clark and Jody Wall.

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