Tuesday, December 05, 2000

Babeck names new principal

Cifuentes moves from Edgewood; Poppelwell fills his spot

By Sue Kiesewetter
Enquirer Contributor

        TRENTON — Two schools will get new administrators following last week's retirement of Babeck Elementary School Principal Jess Wilson.

        Patrick Cifuentes, 36, Edgewood Middle School's assistant principal, will replace Mr. Wilson, who had been principal since 1994. He will earn $57,698 in his new position.

        “He's very strong in all aspects of the job. We made the decision Patrick was ready to take on the responsibilities,” said John Snyder, president of the Edgewood Board of Education. “We've known that he wanted to be a principal. I think when you promote someone from within it's better. They're already familiar with things.”

        This is Mr. Cifuentes' first assignment as a principal.

        “In my career I've had different experiences working at high schools and middle schools,” said Mr. Cifuentes, a Trenton resident and Lakota High School graduate. “Every school where I have taught and coached, I preferred the youngest. They are enthusiastic and ready to go. I enjoy working with children.”

        During his 12 years in education, Mr. Cifuentes has taught and coached at Reading Junior/Senior High School, Lakota Freshman School and Lakota High School. Before coming to Edgewood in 1998, he was assistant principal at Lemon-Monroe High School.

        Former Middletown High School Principal Guy Poppelwell will replace Mr. Cifuentes as interim assistant principal at Edgewood Middle School. He will earn $240 per day.

        The board also gave a second three-year contract and 5 percent raise to Superintendent Dale Robertson, retroactive to Aug. 1, Mr. Snyder said. Mr. Robertson will earn $78,140 annually.


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