Arlington taps new principal

Francis Legagneur, who has been an assistant principal at Wakefield High School since 2011, has been appointed principal of Alice West Fleet Elementary School. (Arlington Public Schools)

The inaugural principal at Alice West Fleet Elementary School comes with a local background.

Francis Legagneur, who has been an assistant principal at Wakefield High School since 2011, was appointed to the post by the School Board, effective July 1.

As principal, it will be Legagneur who will welcome the first crop of students to the new elementary school in early September. The facility currently is rising adjacent to Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and will accommodate a student body moving mostly from Patrick Henry Elementary School, which is being converted into a Montessori program.

Legagneur has been an educator for 19 years, beginning with the public-school system in Atlanta. His degrees include a doctorate in school improvement and administration from the University of West Georgia.

“Legagneur has years of experience supervising and training teachers in various capacities, and has demonstrated success as a leader and motivator,” county school officials said in announcing the appointment. “His education is a complement to his professional skills when it comes to leadership and management.”

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