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Hamilton returns as St. A principal

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By Stephen Lega

A familiar face is returning to a former position at St. Augustine School.
Sugar Hamilton, who previously served as principal from 1982-94, is back in that office, at least for next year.
Hamilton said things have changed in the 19 years since she last held that seat.
“I’m re-educating myself,” she said.
Hamilton replaces outgoing principal Alicia Riggs, who served as the St. Augustine principal for the last four years.
In the final newsletter of the school year, Riggs wrote that she was grateful for her time in the community and that she appreciated the time, talent and treasure given to make St. Augustine a thriving school.
“It has been an honor to watch your children grow both academically and spiritually,” Riggs wrote. “They amaze me with their compassion and eagerness to help those in need.”
Hamilton taught at the school after she finished her first stint as principal, and she will continue teaching while she serves as the principal next year. Hamilton will continue to teach music to kindergarten through eighth grade and art to sixth, seventh and eighth grade students.
For now, the plan is for Hamilton to serve for one year and see how things go. In the next few months, she will be working on schedules and calendars and planning for professional development in the coming months.
She is also focused on getting ready for re-accreditation, which the school will go through in the fall. Hamilton added that she wants to continue the trend of increasing enrollment at the school, and she hopes to bring more prayer into the school with the faculty and staff.
Last but not least, she said she was honored to be asked to serve as principal.
“I look forward to trying, and I hope that I do a good job,” she said.