New middle school principal picked from Keyser Gubler to oversee establishment of school

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — The principal of Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School was tapped last week to serve as the principal for Warren Countyís new middle school.

Amy Gubler said she is excited about the opportunity of working alongside the staff in establishing the environment at the new school.

"We'll be creating the middle school culture altogether," Gubler said. "That's very rare, usually you come into a position and you're taking over for someone else and how they did it."

Gubler will begin her duties as principal on July 1, with the school scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year.

Part of the reason Gubler is taking the reins so early is because she will be involved in hiring staff and purchasing furniture.

"It's a really unique opportunity that any administrator would be excited about," Gubler said.

Before coming to Warren County this year to serve as Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary Schoolís principal, Gubler was the assistant principal at Rappahannock County High School.

Gubler said she is glad that some of the children at Leslie Fox Keyser will become students at the new middle school and she will get to see them at older ages.

While excited about the opportunity, Gubler said she will miss Leslie Fox Keyser.

"LFK is a wonderful school, and we have a great faculty and staff here," Gubler said. "So I'm definitely going to miss them ... applying for this position had nothing to do with the people I'm currently working with."

After the current school year ends, Gubler will move to the schoolís central office to work in conjunction with staff members there to get ready for the schoolís opening.

Gubler and Bobby Johnston, the principal at Warren Countyís existing middle school, will work together to ensure that the schools mirror each other.

School Superintendent Greg Drescher said advertising for the newly open principal position at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School would begin immediately. He said the School Board hopes to fill that position within the next month.

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