School system finds finance director, loses principal

The Shenandoah Valley-Herald

WOODSTOCK — The Shenandoah County school division has chosen a longtime Virginia school official as its newest finance director.

Barbara Stombock will start her new position on June 20. She was the finance director of Page County Public Schools from 2001 to 2011 and has held the same position for Spotsylvania County Public Schools for the last five years.

Assistant Superintendent Ebbie Linaburg said Stombock has experience working in a variety of financial situations.

“She has worked in small and larger school systems,” Linaburg said. “She has been in school finance for a number of years. Her knowledge of school divisions is very valuable, and we’re looking forward to having her on our leadership team.”

Current Finance Director Cynthia Page resigned her position earlier this year. She will become vice president of finance and administration at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave on July 1.

Stombock, a lifelong Luray resident, said she is “excited to come home … and do good things for kids in Shenandoah County.”

The school division is also looking for a new principal for Signal Knob Middle School in Strasburg.

On May 12, the county School Board approved the resignation of Christopher Cook, effective June 30. He will start teaching physics at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington in the fall.

Cook has worked in Shenandoah County schools for 19 years. He taught math, physics and computer drafting at Central High School from 1997 to 2002. He served as the school’s assistant principal and principal before moving to Signal Knob.

Cook said he is achieving his goal of returning to the classroom.

“I’ve been blessed for years to work with wonderful teachers and staff,” he said. “After seeing those teachers teach, it made me want to be even better and go back to teaching.”

Linaburg said the division hopes to hire a new principal for Signal Knob by the start of school in September.

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