Peter Balas is the new principal at Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria. He is the school’s third principal in five years. His mission is to bring up the test scores and close the achievement gap of the school’s diverse student body.
Aug. 6, 2012 Principal Peter Balas checks on classrooms as he makes his rounds at Mount Vernon Community School in Alexandria. Last year, Balas was the executive associate principal for curriculum and instruction at T.C. Williams High School. Matt McClain/For The Washington Post Buy Photo