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Rock Hill gets new principal at high school

ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP — When Rock Hill students walked back into the classroom Friday, they found new faces, familiar faces in new places and other changes in the school day.

David Hopper is now principal at the high school. Hopper was assistant principal at the middle school last year. Hopper replaces Steve Lambert, who retired last year. Superintendent Wes Hairston said, while everyone will miss Lambert, they are happy to have Hopper at the high school.

“We’re excited about having Mr. Hopper at the high school,” Hairston said. “We feel very blessed. We know he’ll do a good job.”

Hopper said high school students now have the choice of a fourth year ACT prep math class and a second semester transition to college math class. Two other new electives have been added as well: a history class on Civil War and a psychology class. There are also new literature and writing classes and a new digital web design class in the business department. The school has also added a 24- student ipad mobile station.

At the middle school, a new elective in technology has been added. There will be more intervention classes in language, math, social studies and science. Both the middle school and elementary school have Talented And Gifted (TAG) Program teachers dedicated to each building.

The middle school also has a faculty change: Eric Floyd will serve as assistant principal as well as assistant superintendent.

Kathy Bowling, assistant principal at the elementary school, said there is now a media class for students in grades K-5 and the arts are being incorporated into regular classroom instruction. The grade school also now has new mobile labs and an ipad lab.

The early childhood center is now housed at the high school instead of being in the same building as the administration offices.

The last day for students is May 23.