New principal selected for Lawrence Virtual School

Lawrence’s biggest elementary school is about to get a new principal.

Monday night, members of the Lawrence school board will consider approving the hiring of G. Keith Wilson as principal of the Lawrence Virtual School, which serves students statewide from the former Centennial School, 2145 La.

Wilson most recently has worked as an educational consultant, after having worked as K-12 principal of Wichita’s Riverside Academy in 2009-10. He’s also a former principal of Charles Curtis Middle School, Jardine Diversified Leadership and Technology Academy, and Jardine Junior Academy, all in Wichita.

Rick Doll, superintendent of the Lawrence school district, lauded Wilson’s “school-business perspective” and his record for improving student achievement by fostering strong relationships among students, staff and school families.

“The success of the virtual school has a tremendous impact on the success of the school district,” Doll said. “It’s extremely important to have a strong, committed leader.”

Lawrence Virtual School is the state’s largest such institution, a public school that last semester had 1,206 students enrolled in K-8 classes, including 58 from Lawrence and 81 from Douglas County. The school launched high school classes this year, and had 86 students enrolled for the fall semester.

Wilson will take over for Gary Lewis, who has led the virtual school since 2004 and announced in March that he is taking a job in Maize.

The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday at district headquarters, 110 McDonald Drive.