New Hampton High School assistant principal hired

Sunday, September 15, 2019 | 12:01 AM


Joseph P. Sebestyen III is the new assistant principal at Hampton’s High School, replacing Dr. Michael Amick.

Sebestyen was selected from a robust pool of 80 applicants for the high school assistant principal vacancy, according to Dr. Marguerite Imbarlina, Hampton High School principal.

He most recently served as an assistant high school principal at the Baldwin-Whitehall School District.

He has worked as the assistant principal of curriculum and technology for St. Stephens Academy.

In addition, he has held several positions with educational entities as a high school social studies teacher, according to Imbarlina.

Sebestyen has a bachelor’s degree in science and education from Clarion University, and a master of science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is presently enrolled in the doctoral program for Administrative and Policy Studies at the University of Pittsburgh.

“Mr. Sebestyen’s professionalism and depth of knowledge of high school administration, teaching and learning, and how to develop a strong, positive culture by building relationships with students, faculty, staff and families made him the top candidate for this position at Hampton High School,”Imbarlina said.

Amick’s resignation was presented to the school board at the Aug. 5 meeting.

He has accepted a position as curriculum director at another school district. Sebestyn’s start date is still to be determined.

The school board voted 8 to 0 in accepting Sebestyen’s position.

• In other district news, Superintendent Dr. Michael Loughead presented the third-day enrollment figures at the Sept. 3 meeting.

This is a count of students throughout the district done annually.

District enrollment for 2019-20 is down by 25 students with 2,771 total students, Loughead said.

Last year’s third-day figures were 2,796. The middle school gained students and the high school figures were lower, he said.

The elementary enrollment stayed close to the same as last school year.

The trend of a slight decline is “in the realm of what we projected,”Lougheadsaid.

There has been a steady decline in these figures since 2010-11 school year, which showed third-day enrollment figures at 3,119.

Every year it has continued to decrease for a variety of reasons, including cyber schools.

These yearly reports are accessible on the district website.

Loughead said the decline from last year is in line with what district officials were thinking.