Chester Resident to Head Chester Community Charter's New Middle School

Apr 25, 2006, 01:00 ET from Chester Community Charter School

    CHESTER, Pa., April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Chester Community Charter School
 announced that it has hired Chester resident Lavada E.Y. Driggins to serve
 as principal of the charter school's new middle school, which is scheduled
 to open in September of this year at 2730 Bethel Road in Chester. Ms.
 Driggins is a former teacher, a former elementary school principal, as well
 as a former middle and high school vice principal with more than 25 years
 of educational experience in the Chester community.
     Driggins, who also recently served for three years as public affairs
 coordinator for the City of Chester, holds a bachelor's of science degree
 from West Chester University and a master's in education administration
 degree from Cheyney University. In addition, she holds a certification in
 elementary education, and is also certified as an elementary and secondary
 school principal. Among other academic and professional recognitions, she
 is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.
     Commenting on Driggins' appointment and the new middle school, Chester
 Community Charter School's executive director, Steve Lee, said: "At the
 request of our K-8 parents, we've been planning over the past year or so to
 introduce a middle school. The new middle school, which will accommodate
 475 students in grades 6 to 8, will primarily serve the approximately 275
 students who are currently enrolled in our 5th, 6th, and 7th grade
     "The quality of the new facility notwithstanding," Lee continued, "we
 knew we'd need an absolutely outstanding educator/administrator to serve as
 our first middle school principal. It didn't take us very long to realize
 that there was no one better qualified to lead us in this new area than
 Chester's own Lavada Driggins. We are very proud to have her as apart of
 the Chester Community Charter School's team."
     Ms. Driggins said she's excited about the opportunity to further
 improve student academic achievement in her hometown. "This is an
 exceptional opportunity for me to help build upon the reputation for
 educational achievement that Chester Community Charter School has already
 established," said Driggins. "The very best thing about all of this is that
 I'll have an opportunity, once again, to work with parents and children
 that I've known for many years right here in Chester."
     Established in 2001, Chester Community Charter School has grown to
 provide educational services to approximately 1,700 students in
 kindergarten through 7th grade in Chester, Delaware County. The school
 provides instruction to its students from five newly constructed buildings
 on two campuses in the city of Chester.
     The school's first new building, built in the year 2001, represented
 the first new school building constructed in Chester in more than 30 years.
 The school's academic achievement performance on state standardized tests
 ranks Chester Community Charter School among the best academic performers
 in Delaware County, and as a leader among Chester-based schools.

SOURCE Chester Community Charter School