School Principal


PRIMARY FUNCTION:            Supervises instruction and curriculum development; functions as building manager, staff developer, and school/community relations specialist. 


  •  Hold and maintain a valid Postgraduate Professional License with an endorsement as a School Principal or Administration/Supervision K-12.
  • Have demonstrated the professional and personal characteristics necessary for
    working effectively with school personnel and members of the community.


REPORTS TO:               Superintendent of Schools



1.      Assumes responsibility for state and federal accreditation status of school.

2.      Employs various processes for gathering, analyzing, and using data for decision making.

3.      Conducts studies, surveys, research, etc., as directed by the Division Superintendent of Schools for the betterment of the instructional program within the school.

4.      Develops and implements a school improvement plan that results in increased student learning.

5.      Involves the community and school staff in the preparation and implementation of an annual school plan, which shall be approved by the Superintendent.

6.      Plans, implements, support, and assess instructional programs that enhance teaching and student achievement of the Standards of Learning.

7.      Assumes responsibility for all funds collected, internal accounting, and preparing monthly financial statements as required by the School Board.

8.      Communicates a clear vision of excellence and continuous improvement consistent with the goals of the school division.

9.      Ensures that staff members design coherent instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, current instructional practices, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

10.  Supervises the alignment, coordination and delivery of assigned programs and /or curricular areas.

11.  Provides for the evaluation of the school staff in compliance with policies prescribed by the Alleghany County School Board.

12.  Visits the classrooms frequently to observe first-hand the instructional methods materials, and procedures used by teachers.

13.  Selects, supports, evaluates, and retains quality instructional and support personnel.

14.  Assumes responsibility for reviewing applications interviewing, and making recommendations to the Director of Human Resources and Pupil Personnel.

15.  Employs appropriate channels for solving problems.

16.  Provides staff development programs consistent with program evaluation results and school instructional improvement plans.

17.  Identifies, analyzes, and resolves problems using effective problem-solving techniques.

18.  Coordinates the daily operation of the assigned area of responsibility.

19.  Manages human, material, and financial resources to ensure student learning and to comply with legal mandates.

20.  Interprets School Board, State Board of Education and Virginia School Law rules and regulations to staff.

21.  Demonstrates effective organizational skills to achieve school, community, and division goals.

22.  Promotes effective communication and interpersonal relations with students, staff, parents and community members.

23.  Works collaboratively with staff, families, and community members to secure resources and to support the success of a diverse population.

24.  Models professional, moral, and ethical standards as well as personal integrity in all interactions.

25.  Works in a collegial and collaborative manner with other administrators, school personnel, and the community to promote and support the mission and goals of the school division.

26.  Takes responsibility for and participates in a meaningful and continuous process of professional development that results in the enhancement of student learning.

27.  Provides service to the profession, the division, and the community.

28.  Advises teachers regarding instruction, classroom management, and student discipline.

29.  Implements a discipline policy that fosters a safe and positive environment for all students and staff.

30.  Ensures the adequate supervision of students.

31.  Hold regular faculty meetings and maintains effective communication with all school personnel.

32.  Encourages staff to take advantage of professional growth opportunities by assuming responsibility for a program of in-service training and staff development.

33.  Maintains sensitivity to individual personal staff situations/problems.

34.  Takes major responsibility for creating an effective environment for learning.

35.  Notifies the superintendent and designates one person who is employed in the school to act in his or her behalf when prevented by illness or other causes for performing the required duties.

36.  Assigns all staff in the school to such duties, and activities as are necessary for the efficient operation of the school.

37.  Oversees that all staff members keep and submit accurate and up-to-date records, as required.

38.  Assumes responsibility for assigning faculty members(s) to supervise the loading and unloading of school buses, parent pick-up and drop-off stations and ensures the security of the students parking lot(s).

39.  Maintains and ensures the security of student records according to local, state, and federal guidelines.

40.  Maintains the attractiveness of the school plant.

41.  Coordinates the planning and implementing of the school budget.

42.  Ensures the maintenance of accurate financial records and provides for the receipt of all funds in accordance with state accounting procedures, including extracurricular activity funds.

43.  Arranges special events and prepares communications that help to interpret the school’s programs to the parent and the community.

44.  Responds to needs and concerns of parents and other community members or agencies.

45.  Establishes and utilizes a School Parent Advisory Council/Committee; advisory process for parents, teachers, and other employees.

46.  Reviews requests and grants permission for the use of school buildings by community groups.

47.  Assumes responsibility for the supervision of students during the school day, while being transported to and from school, on school trips and during activity or function sponsored by the school and attended by students;

48.  Ensures that the Character Counts Pillars are displayed and emphasized throughout the school.

49.  Makes a careful daily check of student absences and requires an excuse following each absence.

50.  Ensures accurate reporting of student membership.

51.  Administers school rules and regulations which conform to the regulations of the County School Board of Alleghany and the State Board of Education;

52.  Coordinates with the Athletic Director on staffing, supervising, and scheduling athletic events.

53.  Coordinates with extra-curricular sponsors/coaches on supervising, coverage, and scheduling of all extra-curricular activities when applicable.

54.  Recognizes and rewards students’ academic, extra-curricular, and/or conduct achievements when applicable.

55.  Develops necessary bulletins and communiqués to students and parents.

56.  Confers with individual students and student groups.

57.  Assumes responsibility of assigning administrative coverage/attendance for all student activities and events.

58.  Coordinates the safe and efficient utilization of the school facilities for instructional, extracurricular, and community activities.

59.  Analyzes data on student achievement.

60.  Uses the resources of the community and involves parents and citizens in evaluating the school program, developing the School Improvement Plan, Volunteer services in the school, and programs of supplemental instruction or enrichment.

61.  Serves as a member of such committees and attends such meetings as the superintendent shall direct.

62.  Creates a supportive learning environment for all students that encourage social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

63.  Takes all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, staff, equipment, materials, and facilities.

64.  Contacts parents immediately, or as soon as reasonably possible, in the event of an accident, serious illness, or other matter pertaining to the general welfare of the student.

65.  Conducts fund raising activities in accordance with School Board regulation.’

66.  Maintains a school handbook of policies and procedures, including the school division’s standards of student conduct and enforcement procedures, along with matters of interest to parents and students.

67.  Complies with and supports school and division regulations and policies.

68.  Communicates with students, student counselors, resource officers, and parents through conferences and other means.

69.  Assumes responsibilities outside the classroom as they relate to school.

70.  Maintains licensure at the state and/or national level: assumes responsibility for professional growth and keeps materials, supplies, and skills up-to-date.

71.  Demonstrates non-discriminatory practices in all activities.

72.  Performs related duties as assigned by the Superintendent of Schools in accordance with school/system policies and practices.

73.  Occasional travel with students on school field trips may be required.

74.  Oversee the coordination of school based testing programs.

75.  Performs other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or those administrators functioning on the Superintendent’s behalf.


            Twelve-month contract, exempted FLSA status.  The School Board shall establish a salary annually.


            Performance on this job will be evaluated in accordance with school board policy and administrative regulations and evaluation of administrative personnel.


            Mental Demands:

  • Must possess demonstrated leadership qualities and personal characteristics necessary for working effectively with students, teachers, and parents as attested to by the Division Superintendent of schools.  Candidate must possess good moral character.

Physical Demands/ Environmental Factors:

  • Frequent walking, standing, stooping, lifting, up to approximately 30 pounds may be required.

It is also anticipated that some stress will be associated with this position primarily due to deadlines and irregular workflow.  It is necessary that the individual have the capacity to remain calm, considerate and tactful.

Approved by School Board: April 6, 2009

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