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Kettle Run assistant principal tapped to lead Fauquier High School

Tuesday, Apr. 9 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Clarence Burton, Fauquier High School's next principal.
At Monday's school board meeting, Fauquier High School Principal Roger Sites' successor was a number: "recommendation number 333."

On Tuesday, he had a name.

Fauquier County Public Schools announced Clarence "Tripp" Burton as Fauquier High's next principal. The school board recommended him after a closed session that ended 10:18 p.m. Monday night.

Burton will replace Sites, who has been Fauquier High's principal for 20 years and part of the staff for 45 years. Sites is set to retire June 30.

Burton, 40, has been the assistant principal of Kettle Run High School since it opened in 2008.

“I am truly humbled and excited to be the new principal at Fauquier High School," Burton said. "I cannot wait to meet the students, parents and educators that have made and continue to make Fauquier High School the special place that it is."

Kettle Run Principal Major Warner said he knew Burton had applied for the job.

But he said the announcement was a surprise.

"I'm excited for him. I'm excited for Fauquier High School," said Warner. "I think Fauquier is getting someone who is truly student- centered and who is a tireless worker for students and staff."

Warner, himself a graduate of Fauquier High, likened the job to that of managing a small corporation. It requires someone who can handle "large moving parts" and good listening skills, Warner said.

Burton fits the bill, Warner said.

"I think they're getting someone who will continue to embody what they believe," Warner said. "Fauquier High is an awesome place."

Before coming to Fauquier, Burton worked in Loudoun County as the eighth-grade dean at J.L. Simpson Middle School for four years.

In 2006 he served as a high school summer school principal in Loudoun County, supervising a 1300-student school with a staff of 82.

Before moving into administration, he taught social studies for two years at Loudoun County’s alternative school, The Douglass School, and for five years in both Prince William and Stafford Counties.

Burton has also coached all levels of boys’ high school basketball for various schools, as well as freshmen girls’ basketball.

A Culpeper resident, Burton has a bachelor’s in political science from James Madison University and a master’s in educational leadership from George Mason University.

Burton starts the job July 1, a day after Sites' retirement.

When asked if Kettle Run had a new assistant principal lined up, Warner laughed.

"I haven't even gotten that far," Warner said.
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