Karen Foster, principal of Spotsylvania’s Post Oak Middle School, will take up a new position as principal of Caroline Middle School on June 26.
She replaces Angela Wright, who was transferred to the Caroline County Public Schools’ central office in February.
Foster’s appointment was approved at the Caroline County School Board meeting Monday night.
“I want to say on behalf of the School Board that we’re very excited about working with her and we’re happy to have her,” board chair Nancy Carson said.
Carson said the board is hoping Foster will help Caroline Middle School achieve accreditation by the Virginia Department of Education in the 2017-18 school year.
“We were very close this year but not quite there,” Carson said.
Accreditation is a reflection of student performance on Standards of Learning exams. This year, CMS fell short of the VDOE accreditation benchmarks by six percentage points in both English and math.
Caroline High School is fully accredited and the three county elementary schools are either fully or partially accredited.
Foster has lived in Spotsylvania for 20 years. She began her career in education in Fredericksburg city as a teacher and field hockey coach at James Monroe High School. She then spent 15 years with Stafford County Public Schools, serving in a variety of positions including teacher, assistant principal, county behavior specialist and supervisor for special education.
At Post Oak, she worked as assistant principal before becoming principal.
Foster’s son attends Spotsylvania County Public Schools.