New principal named for Luray High School

Page News and Courier
LURAY, Feb. 11 — Luray High School will have a new leader in the upcoming school year. The Page County School Board during its meeting Monday night announced that Clint Runyan of Colonial Beach will take the reins at the local school beginning July 1.
Director of Human Resources and Administration Paul Johnson told the audience at Monday's meeting that Runyan was selected as “the best fit for Luray High School to move us through the next school year.”
Dr. Johnson added that after kicking off the search process for a new principal in November, 39 applications were received. Six applicants were called in for interviews. Dr. Johnson said Runyan was one of two final contenders for the job, based on those interviews.
Runyan's appointment concludes a season of transition for the local high school, following the passing of nine-year principal David Ponn on Aug. 24, three days before the start of the current school year.
In June, then-superintendent Randall Thomas announced he was stepping down from his position after nine years to temporarily retake the reins at LHS, where he served as principal from 1995 to 2003.
“When I decided to retire, I knew Dave had been sick, and wouldn't be able to fill the position of principal,” Dr. Thomas told the Page News following Ponn's passing. “The idea was that I would come back and keep Dave's seat warm until he could return.”
John Smith, who retired from the local school system in 2011, filled in as LHS principal throughout the latter half of the 2011-12 school year and the first month of the current school year. Dr. Thomas then stepped in as principal on Oct. 1, under a 150-day contract that will run through the end of the school year in June, a few weeks before Runyan assumes the position on July 1.
Runyan, 43, will join the local school system after spending the last 20 years in education — 13 as a high school math teacher and the last seven as principal of Colonial Beach Middle/High in the Colonial Beach School Division. Page County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Power formerly served as superintendent of the Colonial Beach school system for three years, beginning in 2009. Dr. Power was named superintendent for Page in November. She officially began the job on Dec. 1.
Runyan said he discovered the advertisement for LHS principal while researching his superintendent's new division. The husband and father of three added that he and his wife had been “looking to move to take on new challenges.”
“The more I read about it, the more I was interested,” Runyan said, referencing the new LHS facility and the county's high graduation rate.
The new LHS principal is a 1991 graduate of Clarion University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in math education. He graduated with a masters of education in 2008 from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. In addition to teaching and his administrative experience, Runyan has served as an assistant football and baseball coach for the Colonial Beach School Division.
“I'm looking forward to getting started on the job,” Runyan said. “I'm excited to become a part of Luray High School and the community.”
Though Runyan has not yet signed a contract with the local school system, he said he and his family will live in Luray. Dr. Johnson said Tuesday that the new LHS principal has signed a letter of intent to hire, but that an official contract will not be signed until closer to the start of the next school year.
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