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New principal bound for Fort Hunt elementary

Fairfax County schools administrators announced a permanent replacement for the principal position at Fort Hunt elementary near Alexandria, six months after the school’s leader resigned.

Thomas Fitzpatrick, an assistant principal at Weyanoke Elementary, will become the new principal at Fort Hunt beginning July 1. He will replace interim principal Janet LeBel, who joined the faculty after Barbara Leibbrandt resigned in January.

Fitzpatrick will assume the leadership of Fort Hunt after parents and teachers complained that the school was a “toxic” environment. In the past year, the school experienced significant staff turnover and teacher morale issues.

Fitzpatrick, a former sixth-grade teacher at Hollin Meadows Elementary, has previously served as a middle school science teacher and assistant principal at Waynewood and Woodlawn elementaries.

“His vast experience in a variety of settings has given him a deep knowledge of instruction best practice,” Assistant Superintendent Deborah L. Tyler wrote in a letter to parents Wednesday.

T. Rees Shapiro is an education reporter.

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