Veronica Perrine, Middletown High School's assistant principal, was named 2016 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Delaware Association of Secondary School Administrators.

Veronica Perrine, Middletown High School’s assistant principal, was named 2016 Assistant Principal of the Year by the Delaware Association of Secondary School Administrators.

The program recognizes outstanding middle and high school assistant principals who have demonstrated success in leadership, curriculum and personalization. Perrine, as the statewide winner, will advance to the national level.

Perrine has been in her current role for seven years. She directs the school’s Advanced Placement program, which has been named twice to the National AP Honor Roll. AP attainment at the school is above 72 percent.

During her tenure, 10th-grade African-American student performance increased by more than 30 points in English language arts and 29 points in math. Low-income students’ performance increased by 16 points in ELA and 18 points in math. Scores for special education math increased by 15 points. Ninety-five percent of Middletown High alumni who go to college continue to their sophomore year.

Last year, MHS’ drop-out rate reached an all-time low of less than 1 percent.