The rash of EG School District resignations continued Wednesday, with notice from Patricia Marcotte that, after two years at principal of Cole Middle School, she was resigning to take an administration job with the Foster-Glocester School District. Supt. Alexis Meyer just hired a new high school principal, but the assistant principal and athletic director positions remain open.
Marcotte’s resignation is on the School Committee’s agenda for Tuesday, Aug. 11.
Marcotte was hired in Sept. 2018, coming to Cole from Ponagansett Middle School, where she’d served as principal for 14 years. Ponagansett is in the Foster-Glocester School District.
Also on the School Committee meeting agenda for Tuesday is the retirement of Chris DiMeglio, executive assistant for Supt. Alexis Meyer, effective Feb. 2021.
The School Committee will discuss the district’s reopening plans. The new EGHS principal, Ken Hopkins, and the new finance director, Maggie Baker, will be formally introduced. Hopkins starts Tuesday; Baker starts later this month.
Here’s the full agenda: School Committee Meeting Agenda for Aug. 11, 2020.
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Very obvious somethg is up w all these upper level resignations…
Actually, probably not. Mr Podraza took a promotion to be Assistant Superintendent. Mr Heath took a promotion to be a principal in a district a half hour closer to his home And Mrs Marcotte returned to an administrator job in a district where she had worked previously. Mr Cobain took a position at a bigger school with a bigger budget.
Excellent point Bob. I had the same concern but now that you point out the benefits for each person it makes sense. Sometimes opportunity knocks…
Regardless of the reasons for these resignations, they are bound to affect the schools’ performance in these unprecedented times. There is a learning curve for each new hire which will be combined with the added challenges presented by re-opening in a pandemic. Hopefully these growing pains will not have an adverse effect in a context where beyond learning, the lives of children will be at stake.
I disagree with Mr. Durant. I am a long time resident, and I have not seen administrative turnover to this extent before. Not sure what is going on.
We did have a few administrators depart three years ago within a short period of time. https://eastgreenwichnews.com/after-summer-exodus-school-department-welcomes-4-new-administrators/
Is Assistant Superintendent a new position?
Yes. It replaces the director of teaching and learning (i.e. curriculum).