Purvis Named Interim Principal

Purvis Named Interim Principal
Posted on 08/20/2014

NEWARK (August 20, 2014) – Twenty-one year Worcester County Public School veteran Kimberly Purvis will be serving as the Interim Principal of Snow Hill High School, effective August 20, 2014. The school system made the announcement after the resignation of Tom Davis, former Snow Hill High School Principal. Davis was appointed on August 19 by the Somerset Board of Education as an Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.

“Building and supporting strong leadership skills in our administrative staff help make sudden transitions as seamless as possible,” explained Superintendent Dr. Jerry Wilson. “Ms. Purvis has a wealth of experience and she will lead Snow Hill High School forward to another highly successful school year.”

Purvis has a long-standing relationship with Snow Hill High School and is very familiar with school renovations. In addition to serving as Snow Hill High School’s Assistant Principal for the last two years, she was a school counselor at SHHS for five years (1999-2004). From 2004 to 2012, Purvis served as an Extended School Administrator and later as Assistant Principal at Pocomoke High School, serving as an administrator while PHS was being renovated.

“Providing world-class opportunities for students while a school is under construction can be daunting,” said Purvis, “but I’m very familiar and comfortable with the process. During renovations, the key to success is being creative and flexible about the spaces where high-quality learning takes place. Success is about working together to ensure a superior education for all students, so they are ready for college, career, or the military when they graduate.”

With the resignation, the interview process for the Snow Hill High School principal position did not have an opportunity to be conducted. “With school starting in a week-and-a-half,” said Chief Operating Officer Louis Taylor, “we wanted to have high-quality leadership in place from day-one, so we opted for an interim position.” The process for filling the SHHS Assistant Principal position is underway.

Currently writing her dissertation, Purvis is entering the final phase of the Educational Leadership doctorate program at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). She anticipates finishing the program in May 2015. Purvis lives in Salisbury with her husband and two daughters.