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Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 11/ 4/2010

High ratio of assistant principals in Fairfax

By Washington Post editors

Fairfax County schools have a higher ratio of assistant principals on their campuses than other school systems in the D.C. area, the Washington Examiner reports.

The school system's 195 principals are supported by 360 assistant principals, a ratio of nearly two per school chief. In neighboring Loudoun County, that proportion is 1.4, and in Prince William County, it falls to 1.2.

"We're bursting at the seams in terms of students, and you could build more schools that are smaller, but we've built very large schools that can accommodate large numbers of students," Fairfax schools spokesman Paul Regnier explained.

Across the Potomac, rival Montgomery County flanked its 202 principals with 283 assistants last year, for a ratio of 1.4. Montgomery schools officials did not reply to requests for current data. Prince George's County echoed the 1.4 norm with 280 assistants for 203 principals.

Read more about the number of assistant principals in Fairfax County schools in the Washington Examiner:

By Washington Post editors  | November 4, 2010; 12:50 PM ET
Categories:  Education, Virginia  
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