Central Principal To Step Down

WHEELING – Less than two years into her stint at Wheeling Central Catholic High School, Principal Julie Shively will leave her post at the end of the current school year, officials announced Monday.

Shively informed the Rev. Msgr. Eugene Ostrowski, designated pastor of the high school, of her decision last week. Ostrowski said a search committee will be formed so that a new educational leader will be in place before the start of the 2013-14 academic year.

“We will look to a new principal to build upon the strong traditions and Catholic foundation that exist at Central while also continuing to build upon recent successes,” Ostrowski said. “Even during this time of change, the strong administrative and academic team at Central Catholic will ensure that this will be a seamless transition for the remainder of this school year and into the next.”

During Shively’s two years as principal, the school made “significant gains in the areas of Catholic identity, academic rigor, and community outreach,” the school’s website states.

Vincent de Paul Schmidt, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, expressed gratitude for Shively’s service.

“Her opportunities are many, given her background and skill set. The Diocese wishes her well in her future endeavors,” he said.

Schmidt said faculty and student leadership were informed of Shively’s decision after school dismissed Monday. Shively could not be reached for comment.

“The academic and student traditions at Central Catholic will obviously continue,” Schmidt said. “The mission and values that permeate all facets of student and alumni life at Central Catholic will most certainly carry on.”

As superintendent, Schmidt oversees 27 Catholic schools in 14 counties throughout the state of West Virginia that have a total enrollment of more than 5,800 students.