New Kent High School Assistant Principal Chris Valdrighi will be the school's principal for the next school year.

New Kent High School Assistant Principal Chris Valdrighi will be the school's principal for the next school year. (April 8, 2014)

NEW KENT – New Kent High School (NKHS) Assistant Principal Chris Valdrighi will be stepping up as the schools' principal on July 1.

The New Kent County School Board voted to approve the decision at its meeting Monday night.

Outgoing principal Yvonne Jones announced in February that she was "stepping aside" after 14 years in charge of NKHS.

"I think it's time for someone else to take the reigns," said Jones.

Little did she know at the time that that someone would be Valdrighi, better known as "Mr. V," her co-worker since 2009.

"I am thrilled that he is taking over," Jones said in a phone interview Tuesday. "It will allow for consistency and the continuation of things we are doing to move our school forward."

"And it's a great opportunity to continue to build teamwork," she added.

According to Jones she and Valdrighi have built "a great partnership" and she is certain that he will excel in the new leadership role.

"I couldn't be happier for him," she said.

Valdrighi, who grew up in both Richmond and Mathews County, received his B.A. in History and Education from Randolph-Macon College and completed his Masters in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University in Administration and Supervision in 2000.

He has taught and coached sports at Patrick Henry High School in Hanover and Lancaster High School.

In 2000, Valdrighi served as the Assistant Principal of Essex High School in Tappahannock, where he also coached soccer.

In fact, Valdrighi is the Northern Neck District's all-time leader in soccer wins, with an overall record of 148-48-4, and is ranked in the Top 10 in career victories in Virginia High School Coaches Association. He was inducted into the Northern Neck Sports Wall of Fame in 2007.

Before becoming assistant principal at NKHS in 2009, Valdrighi also served as the principal at Middlesex High School in Saluda and held positions with Rappahannock Community College's Workforce Development Office.

He is currently completing his doctoral degree in School Leadership and Policy Studies from George Washington University.

"I am very excited about this opportunity," said Valdrighi in a phone interview Tuesday. "I love New Kent County and its students and community and I cannot wait to start work as principal."

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.