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Leverne Marshall, principal of William Marvin Bass Elementary School, will be the new principal of Sandusky Middle School.
Jessie Pounds

Leverne Marshall, principal of William Marvin Bass Elementary School, will be the new principal of Sandusky Middle School.

The move comes as Sandusky remains in hot water with the state over its Standards of Learning test results.

Sandusky could become the first in the Lynchburg area to face a state takeover if test scores don’t improve. A recent law, which faces a legal challenge, allows a newly formed state agency to take over schools that have not met state standards for pass rates on reading and math for three consecutive years. State officials have said they have no desire or plans to take over Sandusky this year.

Marshall’s new position was announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Current principal Maria Jaeger will become the Lynchburg City Schools’ Coordinator of Math and Science.

Marshall is a veteran leader who has presided over an era during which Bass elementary became an academic leader within the region.

In 2011, The News & Advance conducted an analysis of the year’s scores that showed Bass had the highest combined reading and math pass rates of any elementary school in Lynchburg and Amherst, Appomattox, Bedford, Campbell and Nelson Counties.

Speaking after Tuesday’s meeting, School Board Chairwoman Regina Dolan-Sewell said she’s witnessed Marshall’s ability to rally his faculty as a team and to inspire both students and staff.

Dolan-Sewell said she’s excited about Marshall’s appointment and added he’ll get the opportunity to work with many former Bass elementary students at Sandusky.

In other business, the board voted unanimously Tuesday to spend $777,000 in state textbook reserve funds on Chromebook computers. The purchase represents an early step toward a major long-term investment in Chromebooks in the division.

The action buys Chromebooks for the division's more-than 600 ninth graders. It also provides sets of the computers for middle and high school math classrooms and for high school foreign language students.

Chromebooks are lower-cost laptops that use Google’s web-based applications in place of traditional software. They are the division’s technology of choice as school leaders roll out a plan to put an individual laptop in the hands of every fourth- through 12th-grader by the 2017-18 school year.

Each Chromebook will cost about $370. The current plan is that sixth- though 12th-graders will be able to take the devices home, while fourth- and fifth-graders will use their devices at school.