NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. -

The Northwestern Lehigh School Board Wednesday unanimously approved the hiring of a new principal to run the district's middle school.

Bill Dovico will assume the role of principal of Northwestern Lehigh Middle School, a position vacated this past June by Laurie Hoppes who resigned to accept a lateral position as principal at Upper Perkiomen Middle School in Montgomery County.

Dovico will be paid an annual salary of $99,000 according to Mary Anne Wright, superintendent of schools for Northwestern Lehigh School District.

Dovico grew up in Upper Bucks County and graduated from Palisades High School in Kintnersville.

He earned his bachelor of arts degree in secondary English communications from Penn State University and his master of arts in secondary education curriculum and instruction from Kutztown University. 

He is currently enrolled in the doctorate in education leadership program offered at Lehigh University's College of Education. 

According to Wright, Dovico worked as an English teacher for five years at Northampton Senior High School before serving in his most recent position as assistant principal at Salisbury High School in Salisbury Township.

He will continue working part-time at Salisbury High for the next 60 days on a transitional basis in order to fufill his job resignation notice.

Dovico remarked his new job is his "first principalship" and is excited about working for Northwestern Lehigh because of the district's excellent reputation, staff, and students.

Wright cordially welcomed her new hire and commented he was a perfect fit and highly qualified for the position.                  

The new principal lives in Coplay with his wife Laurie and daughter Macy, 3, and son Liam, 1.

In other matters, District Athletic Director Jason Zimmerman presented plaques in recognition of the district's 2013-2014 Colonial League "coach of the year" award winners.

Zimmerman said as the district's athletic director, he feels blessed to have such a solid, dedicated, and hard-working coaching staff responsible for "paving the way to opportunities" for student athletes.

He presented coaching awards to girls soccer coach Kelly Bleam of New Tripoli, girls and boys cross country coach Chris Stitzel of New Tripoli, girls basketball coach Chris Deutsch of Northampton, boys track and field coach Tim Cunningham of Germansville, and girls track and field coach Dave Kerschner of New Tripoli.