As you know by now, long-term Principal Anne-Mayre Dexter has announced her retirement to take effect June 30, 2014. Disappointingly, we have not been successful in finding a new Principal for the Wentworth School. Our Principal Search Team did a great job processing through the selection sequence but our candidate pool was not as strong as we would have desired and we will need to engage in a second search during the 2014-2015 School Year.
Fortunately, Scarborough Schools has a very strong and resourceful team of School Leaders with the capacity to step-up and provide great leadership, in the interim period, for the Wentworth School.
I am pleased to appoint Kelli Crosby (currently Wentworth’s Assistant Principal) as Acting Principal of the Wentworth School for the 2014-2015 school year. Kelli has proven herself to be a very capable, caring, and effective School Leader. To create a strong and complementary leadership team, I have asked John Thurlow (currently Principal at Blue Point School) to join Kelli at Wentworth in the role of Acting Assistant Principal for the 2014-2015 School Year. John has taught at the intermediate school level, has served as the School Leader for a smaller K-2 school, and has organizational and technology skills that will be invaluable, particularly as we open the new, high-technology, Wentworth School.
Blue Point School will be capably managed by Kelly Mullen-Martin (currently Principal of Pleasant Hill School) who, in partnership with a K-2 Assistant Principal (to be named for the interim period), will provide leadership to both Pleasant Hill and Blue Point Schools. Kelly is a competent and very experienced Elementary Principal who has provided leadership on important district-wide initiatives including a prior interim assignment at Blue Point School. Eight Corners School, Scarborough Middle School, and Scarborough High School will be fully unaffected by these interim assignments.
I am confident that these interim appointments (effective July 1, 2014) will not only result in excellent school leadership and continued improvement across all of our schools, but also that these three key players - Kelli, John, and Kelly – will be afforded an extraordinary year of on-the-job growth and professional development. This leadership reconfiguration for 2014-2015 allows us to tap the strengths of these three talented School Leaders and they will enjoy the full support and assistance of their colleagues on the district’s Leadership Council.
Please join me in congratulating Kelli Crosby, John Thurlow, and Kelly Mullen-Martin on their interim appointments and take a moment to thank them for their service. I know that I will be able to count on the full support of the members of the Scarborough School Community to ensure a positive and productive 2014-2015 school year.