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New principal named at MLK Middle School

Students and staff at MLK Middle School will start the coming school year with their 3rd principal in as many Septembers:

Richmond Public Schools (RPS) Superintendent Dr. Dana T. Bedden and Mr. Abe Jeffers, Executive Director of Secondary Education, are pleased to announce the selection of Derrick Scarborough to lead Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School as its new principal. Mr. Scarborough will assume his duties immediately in preparation for the upcoming school year. Dr. Howard Hopkins, a former RPS administrator who had been serving MLK Middle since the first of July as temporary administrator, will assist in the transition. “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Scarborough to the city of Richmond and RPS. Mr. Scarborough possesses a long, dedicated track record of school leadership that will undoubtedly benefit all students at MLK Middle School,” Bedden said. “We are excited for Mr. Scarborough’s arrival and eager for him to start working with the community toward a strong start to the next school year.” Mr. Scarborough has more than 30 years of experience in secondary education, with 23 years as a school administrator. For thirteen of the past fifteen school years, Scarborough has served as a middle school principal in various districts across the Commonwealth, including his most recent position as principal of Linkhorne Middle School in Lynchburg. He also has an extensive background in athletics, having spent a decade working as a football, basketball and softball coach. “I want to thank Dr. Bedden and Mr. Jeffers for this tremendous opportunity,” said Scarborough. “I am excited to be a part of the Richmond Public School division and look forward to working with the MLK students, staff, parents and community partners.” A Virginia native, Scarborough completed his undergraduate work at Liberty University in Lynchburg, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education. He has also received a Master of Education degree in educational leadership from Lynchburg College.

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14 comments

Catherine Illian 07/30/2015 at 10:51 AM

This is wonderful news– Thank you to Dr Bedden and So many who have worked to find a great leader for MLK

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Catherine Illian 07/30/2015 at 10:52 AM

I also wanted to say that my sister in law has been attending a wonderful workshop at MLK for RPS math teachers about ways to teach integers and has learned so much– We often don’t hear about the good things– and these past week she has learned so much about best practices in teaching math…

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chpn 08/04/2015 at 7:18 AM

Richmond’s MLK Middle School welcomes third principal in five years
http://www.richmond.com/news/local/city-of-richmond/article_58674542-1ffd-59d0-9d4f-feddbea8db4c.html

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G. 08/04/2015 at 11:38 AM

Without a doubt, Mr. Scarborough now has the toughest job in all of Richmond! Frankly, I’m surprised that there were 20+ applicant for that job. I wish him luck…

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