Coppinville Junior High School has found a new principal with a familiar face.
Debbie Hope, who has been the assistant principal at Coppinville since 2014, was officially chosen to become the school’s new principal at the Enterprise City Schools Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. Hope will be assuming the position from former principal David West, who resigned from the role earlier this year; West will be serving as the new Safety and Security Coordinator for the Madison County Board of Education in north Alabama.
Hope attended Enterprise State Community College and received a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Collaboration (Special Education) from Troy University. She also received her master’s degree in Educational Administration from Troy.
Hope has spent the majority of her educational career in the Enterprise school system, teaching at Enterprise High School from 1997 -- 2009. She served as school administrator for Geneva County Schools for four years before returning to Enterprise. Hope was the assistant principal at Dauphin Junior High School from 2013 -- 2014 before becoming assistant principal at Coppinville.
Superintendent Greg Faught recommended Hope for the position during the Tuesday evening meeting, praising her hard work and dedication to the school during its recent transition to a new facility.
“This summer, we were pushed to get into that school, and we didn’t know if we were really going to be able to do it. Every single day that we went out there as a maintenance staff, an administrative staff, Debbie Hope was already out there, daylight to dark, and past dark, and beyond,” Faught said. “(Hope was) hugely instrumental in us being able to get into that building on time. Grabbing the bull by the horns and actually doing some of the work themselves and coming up with solutions that worked to help us get in there… Debbie, I appreciate that. You did an outstanding job.”
Hope expressed excitement for the new opportunity and said she wants to continue the positive growth Coppinville has experienced.
"I’m excited about it," Hope said. "I would like to continue the great things that are already going on at Coppinville. On our state report card, we improved from a C to a B, and while we might not be able to jump another letter grade in the next year, I would like to see us continue to improve. I love Enterprise City Schools and am thrilled to be here."
The board voted to approve Hope’s probationary principal contract for the 2019-2020 school year.