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Hillsboro Charter Academy principal resigns

Hillsboro Charter Academy is searching for a new principal following the resignation of inaugural principal Trisha Ybarra-Peters.

Peters has been on a leave of absence since December for medical reasons.

Hillsboro Charter board president Rebecca Baldin Fuller announced the resignation in a letter to parents this week.

“I am very sad to report that after careful consideration, Mrs. Ybarra-Peters has determined that she will have to resign her position as principal of HCA,” Fuller wrote. “Trisha's lasting contribution to our inaugural year remains with us as she leaves behind a wonderful team of teachers whom she selected and a nurturing atmosphere that has enabled HCA's children to thrive. We have enormous affection for Trisha and gratitude for the wonderful start she gave us. We will forever cherish the energy and warmth she brought to the role as our founding principal.”

The public charter school opened its doors last August.

The HCA board of directors voted to begin its search for a new principal immediately, according to the announcement. Dr. Virginia Minshew, a retired Loudoun principal, has been serving as the school’s part-time interim principal.

“We recognize that many qualified candidates may not be able to transfer into the position at this late a juncture in the school year,” Fuller said. “For this reason, we are also engaging in a search for someone who can take the position for the remainder of the year on a full-time basis, allowing Dr. Minshew to guide that person's transition.”

Hillsboro Charter Academy is a tuition-free and open to any Loudoun County student.


Ironic that the school that placed so much importance on an independent principal ended up with the ultimate in status quo for much of its first year.

Surprised this story has slid underneath the radar…she’s been on leave since December, she has now resigned, and this brand new Charter school has an “acting part-time principal” just a few months after it opened? I’m sure that no one responsible for HCA wanted this, but we are now two for two with so-called charter schools in Loudoun in flux, if not chaos, early in their tenures. 

Again, these are not true charter schools—they are a manipulation of the system by local residents who didn’t want to lose their extremely under-enrolled local schools.  This is what happens when people who are not trained professionals (and I am not either, BTW) try to run a school—not as easy as it looks, is it?

No school should have a temporary, part-time principal—let alone one that just opened.    The kids there are being done a disservice, and so are the taxpayers who are funding this.

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