WHITINGHAM -- The Twin Valley School Board hired an assistant principal a month after hiring a new principal and superintendent, completing its search for new administrators.
"We had an initial screening committee made up of our new principal, our new superintendent and a couple of school board members," said School Board Chairman Seth Boyd. "Out of that committee, they received two candidates to come back for a final interview."
After that interview, Lee Ann Monroe was hired on Tuesday to serve as the assistant principal at the Twin Valley Middle and High School. She will be there when the doors open to students in September. It was her wish to move to Vermont, Boyd said.
The final interview included a committee consisting of parents, other staff members, teachers as well as the initial screening committee. The decision to hire Monroe was unanimous.
Monroe will be coming from Staunton, Va., to join the Twin Valley team. Previously, she taught classes at Robert E. Lee High School that included ecology, forensic science, biology and anatomy and physiology. She also has experience as a coach and has a high interest for skills in technology. Her involvement in piloting programs to advance the use of technology was also noted.
Monroe's role will be that of a typical assistant principle, Boyd told the Reformer.
"Discipline will probably be shared between her and the new principal but because there's a brand new principal as well, they really need to sit down and chart their adventure here," said Boyd.
He said the board was very excited about the outcome of its search for new administrators.
In May, it was announced that Chris Pratt would be the new superintendent at Windham Southwest Supervisory Union, replacing interim superintendent Richard McClements. He previously served as the principal of NewBrook Elementary School. Tom Fitzgerald was hired as the principal for the middle and high school, replacing Keith Lyman, who was hired to serve as the principal of the Brattleboro Area Middle School.
"They're fresh and they're very skilled," Boyd added. "We took a lot of time matching people's experience to what our needs are. The board is extremely excited to have this new team in this brand new facility in a year where we bring our Twin Valley middle and high school students together, which completes our consolidation of pre-k to 12 classes between Wilmington and Whitingham."
The consolidation project was a $14 million capital investment into the schools, he said. This was the first year pre-k through fifth grade students went to the Twin Valley Elementary School in Wilmington.
According to Boyd, the next step for the school board will involve academic programming.
"We starting to look at transforming the Twin Valley school into what our vision has been; a great school, great programs and frankly, one that (tuition) students want to go," he said. "We've been focused on creating a great school and a great facility that can serve students in our surrounding area."
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