Albemarle County Public Schools
(ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Virginia) – Walton Middle School Principal Alison Dwier-Selden today announced that Rick Vrhovac, currently an assistant principal at Albemarle High School, will be Walton's new assistant principal. Vrhovac, who began his career in education in the county as a science teacher at Burley Middle School, later joined Albemarle High School, where he coached the school's varsity football team for 13 years and the girls' basketball team. Since 2011, he has been the school administration's liaison to students for the highly successful "Stop one, Save One" bullying prevention campaign.
"Rick's ability to work with students as they developed the ‘Stop One, Save One' campaign and his constant presence with students around the school will make a significant difference at Walton," Dwier-Selden said. "What is most impressive about Albemarle High's bullying prevention program is the degree to which students take full ownership. Their emphasis on building trust and respect among all students transformed a program that involved a handful of students into one that now numbers more than 100 active participants," Dwier-Selden said.
Dwier-Selden said among her first priorities for the new assistant principal will be for Vrhovac to lead a campaign at Walton modeled on "Stop One, Save One." She also noted that his work with ninth graders on the transition from middle to high school will be very helpful to preparing Walton students for their high school careers.
"I'm honored to have this opportunity to work with the Walton community," Vrhovac said. "School is all about relationships. It's why I make a point of being out of my office and in the hallways as often as possible. That's the most effective way to get to know students, to learn about the issues and concerns that matter the most, and to support them."
"The same is true about the wider school community. Walton parents have high expectations for their children and they demonstrate that through their involvement with the school. I am eager to get to know and work with parents because so much of Walton's success will be built upon our shared commitment to excellence," Vrhovac said.
Dwier-Selden agreed, pointing out that parental involvement over the past several weeks in the school's planning process has been very valuable. "Parents care deeply about our school, and their input has helped us to crystallize priorities as we complete our action plan," Ms. Dwier-Selden said. "Rick is coming on board at the perfect time. His team-oriented approach will bring faculty, staff, students, parents and volunteers together in continuing to improve the academic achievement of our students and our school climate," she said.
Vrhovac received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from David Lipscomb University and his Master's degree in Physical Education from James Madison University. He served as a teacher, athletics coach, and director of athletics in Louisa County for eight years and joined Albemarle High School in 1996. He has been an assistant principal at the school since 2009. His appointment is effective July 1.