Father Judge HS appoints new principal

Peter D. Chapla will bring more than 16 years of experience to the title.

Peter D. Chapla (left), pictured with Father Judge High School President Brian Patrick King, has been appointed principal of the school effective June 4. SOURCE: FATHER JUDGE HIGH SCHOOL

Peter D. Chapla has been appointed principal at Father Judge High School, effective June 4.

Chapla received his undergraduate degree from Penn State and a master’s in secondary education and a superintendent letter of eligibility from the University of Scranton. He is presently pursuing a doctorate in education at Immaculata University.

Chapla is a Persian Gulf War veteran who served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps for more than a decade. He has more than 16 years of administrative experience in the education field as a middle school principal, a high school principal and an assistant superintendent.

Chapla will replace Bill Schilling, a 1976 Judge graduate who was wooed last year from New Foundations Charter High School, where he was principal for seven years.

Schilling’s tenure did not last a year. On March 28, school president Brian King wrote a letter to the Judge community, explaining that Schilling’s last day would be April 4. The letter said Schilling had a long commute and would be pursuing a position closer to his Delaware home.

The Rev. Jack Kolodziej is serving as interim principal until Chapla arrives. ••