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February 21, 2017

Kettle Run principal moves up administrative ladder

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A Fauquier High School graduate, Major Warner has served as Kettle Run’s principal since it opened in 2008.
He has immense respect among the school community and he’s a proven leader. Major Warner is the perfect person to . . . move the school division from good to great.
— Superintendent David Jeck
Major Warner
• Age: 47

• Home: Delaplane

• Work: Principal, Kettle Run High School, 2008 to present; assistant principal, Battlefield High School near Haymarket, three years; assistant principal, Park View High School near Sterling, two years; counselor, Liberty High School 1996-2000.

• Education: Master’s degree Tennessee Tech, 1994; bachelor’s degree, economics and business, Emory & Henry College, 1991; Fauquier High School, 1987.

• Hobbies: spending time with family and golfing.

• Family: Wife, Lisa; son, Tre.
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Kettle Run Principal Major Warner in June will move up to the second-ranking administrative position in Fauquier County Public Schools.

Mr. Warner accepted the position as the new associate superintendent for instruction.

The school board Tuesday afternoon voted, 5-0, to approve Mr. Warner’s appointment. The board first conducted a closed session before conducting the public vote during a hastily-called special meeting at Kettle Run.

Mr. Warner, 47, will succeed Sandra Mitchell, who retired in January after 15 years in the position.

He will make $139,980 annually.

“It’s a unique opportunity to be a part of our leadership and larger vision, to be able to impact our instructional program that impacts our kids,” he said after the meeting.

“I’m excited about the (education) changes that are coming on a state and local level,” Mr. Warner added. “This is a tremendous opportunity. I’m excited. Big shoes to fill.”

Eileen Burgwyn has served as the interim associate superintendent for instruction since Dr. Mitchell’s retirement.

Nineteen people applied for the position, according to Superintendent David Jeck. School administrators interviewed eight candidates.

A 12-member committee — composed of parents, teachers and administrators — ranked Mr. Warner as the top candidate, according to Dr. Jeck.

“First and foremost, he has immense respect among the school community and he’s a proven leader,” the superintendent said. “Major Warner is the perfect person to . . . move the school division from good to great. He’s the perfect person to assume that role on the instructional end.”

“I’m very excited,” Dr. Jeck added. “I can’t think of a better person to fill that role. He’s outstanding in all aspects.”

School board Chairman Brian Gorg (Center District) said: “I think we are all in agreement that the best candidate has been selected for this position.”

“Yea!” Donna Grove (Cedar Run) added.

In 2015, Mr. Warner received The Washington Post’s Distinguished Educational Leadership Award for Fauquier County.

Raised in the Markham area, he attended Northwestern Elementary (now Thompson), Coleman Elementary, Marshall Junior High and Fauquier High School.

Mr. Warner earned a bachelor’s degree in business and economics at Emory & Henry College, where he also played basketball.

He worked four years as a counselor at Liberty High School, then as an assistant principal at Battlefield High School near Haymarket and Park View High School near Sterling.

Mr. Warner became principal at Kettle Run when the high school opened in 2008.

He hopes to earn his doctorate soon in educational leadership, Mr. Warner said Tuesday.

The principal will finish the term at Kettle Run. Administrators soon will begin the search for his successor.
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