At the Monday, June 14, 2021, meeting of the Lower Merion Board of School Directors, Supt. Robert Copeland announced that Sarah Stout, current principal of Bala Cynwyd Middle School, will become the principal of the new middle school currently under construction in Villanova. The new middle school is set to open in September 2022.
Ms. Stout has served as principal of Bala Cynwyd Middle School for the past two years. Prior to that, she was assistant principal at Welsh Valley Middle School for six years. She was also an administrator in the Hatboro-Horsham School District and a middle school social studies teacher in Cheltenham. Ms. Stout will continue in her role at BCMS, until a search for her successor can be completed, which we anticipate will occur in fall 2021.
Ms. Stout is an integral member of the 5-8 committee, working to reimagine the curriculum and culture across our middle schools, once the new school opens in September 2022. She has also worked extensively on LMSD initiatives including the Achievement Imperative Task Force, Professional Development implementation and as a Pathway leader for our Strategic Plan, "All Forward."
Regarding her new position, Ms. Stout said, "Thank you to the Lower Merion School District Board of School Directors and Mr. Copeland for this truly once in a lifetime opportunity. Relationships are essential in all aspects of education, and I had the privilege of fostering relationships at both Bala Cynwyd and Welsh Valley. I look forward to building on these relationships as we work collaboratively with students and their families to create a new community of learners in a beautiful, innovative new building."
Ms. Stout and her husband have two daughters. She's an avid sports fan, especially of the Nittany Lions, who enjoys skiing and cooking. And she's working to complete a doctorate program in educational leadership.
Supt. Copeland added, "I am confident that Ms. Stout will bring the enthusiasm, caring, knowledge and experience that has made her so beloved in the District to the new middle school. She is an ideal candidate to move the strategic vision of our newest school from aspiration to reality."