On May 29, after three years serving as principal, Paul Wardinski announced his departure from McLean High School. Beginning June 30, Wardinski will begin in his new position as principal at West Springfield High School, which is the high school that serves his own community.
Subsequently, the search for a new principal for McLean High School is currently under way and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is officially seeking input from parents. On Tuesday, June 5, an informational meeting was held in the McLean High School library to educate parents about the principal search process and to collect feedback from the community. On May 30, Cluster I assistant superintendent Audra Sydnor sent a letter to all McLean High School parents encouraging them to e-mail the FCPS human resources department to express their opinions on the “skills, experience and leadership characteristics needed for McLean High School.” Sydnor also invited parents to share their thoughts on any specific challenges or issues that will need to be addressed by the new principal.
“I look forward to working closely with McLean staff, parents and community members during the principal selection process,” wrote Sydnor in her letter to the McLean High School community.
Prior to becoming principal at McLean High School, Paul Wardinski worked at Marshall, Fairfax and Jefferson High Schools. McLean was Wardinski’s first assignment as principal.