Hurricanes and Principals

October 29, 2012: (Hurricane Week!) An initial word about weather: If on any day there is bad weather and the schools nonetheless remain open but a parent does not believe it safe for his or her child to go to school, the parent always has the right to keep the child home. A parent shoud follow the regular absence notification procedures, and the absence on a bad weather day would be excused.
Good News: Amy Spangler, recently of Smyrna, Georgia, who is moving to Massachusetts, has accepted the offer of the Belmont Public Schools to be Principal of the Wellington Elementary School, succeeding Amy Wagner, who is retiring. Ms. Spangler has a rich educational background and impressive administrative credentials. She served as a principal in public schools in Oregon for over nine years, provided teacher and parent professional development while stationed with her husband in Japan, and most recently was the Senior Director for Learning and Development for Knowledge Universe, a private educational corporation providing early education and care programs nationally. From 1998 through 2001, Ms. Spangler was the Director of Strategic Planning for the Portland, Oregon, Public Schools. Her reputation as an instructional leader, building administrator, long-range planner, and community builder is superb.
The school district was fortunate to be able to interview two excellent and qualified candidates to follow Amy Wagner’s distinguished achievements at the Wellington. Ms. Spangler’s breadth of experience and reputation as a consolidator were critical factors in the determination to give her the offer. She will begin her transition to the new position at the end of November and will enjoy a short overlap with Principal Wagner.


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