New principal announced for AHS

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ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Albemarle High School will have a new principal beginning next month.
Effective July 1, Darah Bonham will leave the post he has held since 2015 at Western Albemarle High School and take up the reins at AHS.

During his time at WAHS, the on-time graduation rate has exceeded 98 percent and three out of every four WAHS students were graduating with an Advanced Studies Diploma.

A national assessment organization called Niche placed WAHS in the top four percent of all high schools in the country and ranked the school as best in Virginia for the competitiveness and quality of its athletic program.

"Darah's strengths, as evidenced by Western's performance over the past four years, are his instructional focus and expertise; his ability to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with faculty, students and parents; and his enthusiasm for teamwork," said Dr. Claire Keiser, the assistant superintendent for Organizational Development and Human Resource Leadership for Albemarle County Public Schools.

WAHS has about 100 faculty and 1,150 students while AHS has 188 classroom teachers and nearly 1,900 students.

"I have long admired Albemarle High School for a legacy built on excellent teachers, a rich tradition, a supportive parent community, and of course, extraordinary students," said Bonham. "I look forward to working with our faculty, staff, students, parents and community partners on the innovation they will bring to our classrooms, the partnerships we will strengthen, and the enthusiasm and support we will provide one another and will define what happens in our school every day."

With this new post, Bonham will have administrative experience in four of the five schools with programs for high school students in Albemarle County.

He joined CATEC in 2005 where he became the director in 2006, then became an assistant principal at Monticello High School in 2012 before his posting at WAHS.

Bonham is succeeding Dr. Jesse Turner is going to be the new principal of Buford Middle School in Charlottesville.

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