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 classes." "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