(Posted June 23, 2017)
By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor
“I’m looking forward to what amazing things we can do this year and in the future,” said Tabatha Wilburn, London Elementary’s new principal.
On June 20, the London school board approved a three-year administrative contract for Wilburn, a Delaware resident. She replaces longtime principal Carol Daniels, who retired at the end of this school year.
Wilburn most recently served as an elementary school principal in the Mount Gilead School District, overseeing a building of 670 students and 70 staff members. In her four years with the district, she also served as dean of students, special programs director, and enrichment coordinator. During eight years as a teacher, she taught kindergarten through third grade.
As for why she was attracted to the job at London, Wilburn said she has friends who work for the school district and enjoy their jobs.
“I have heard nothing but positive things about the community, the schools and what teachers are doing here,” she said.
To start, her top priorities are to meet with teachers, staff and students, as well as “dive deep into the community and celebrate the great things the district is already doing.”
Wilburn holds masters degrees in educational leadership and early childhood education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.
Wilburn was among dozens of applicants for two administrative positions the district advertised, elementary principal and middle school assistant principal.
As for why Wilburn stood out for the elementary position, Superintendent Dr. Lou Kramer said, “Her personality and how she took initiative in her prior career experiences rated highly with the committee.”
In other business, the school board approved the purchase of a 72-passenger bus for $83,950 and a van for $20,000, both used.
They also approved pay-to-participate fees: middle school athletics, $40; high school athletics, $50; high school marching band and pep band, $50; and high school color/winter guard, $50. Students eligible for reduced-price lunch pay half the fee. The fee is completely waived for students eligible for free lunch.