Earlier this year both Ralph Nuzzo, Principal of Mary L. Tracy School and Al deCant, Principal of Peck Place School announced their plans to retire at the end of the school year (later this month).
So, one might think that this would mean that the Board of Education would have the undertaking of finding new principals for Mary L. and Peck Place right?
It turns out, the Principal searches are actually for Peck Place and Turkey Hill Schools.
Why? You ask. Where did Colleen Murray go? Well — now follow closely.
On Monday night, June 11, at the regular Board of Education meeting, Eric Carbone will be introduced as the new Peck Place School Principal.
The BOE met Carbone, an Asst. Principal in Wallingford, with six years of experience [Elementary school level for 4 years, Middle School 2 years], on Monday June 4.
The search was done by a dual committee: committee number one initiated the process and then turned over the work to the second committee. “He was the unanimous choice of both committees,” said Supt. Lynn McMullin.
Carbone is the father of two boys. His wife is a Spanish teacher at Amity Middle School.
If the transition from Wallingford runs smoothly, Carbone could begin his job on July 1.
The Principal search for Turkey Hill is currently in the first interview phase — Committee number one is interviewing candidates, about seven applicants thus far, (which should now be completed).
Committee One will make their recommendations to Committee number Two, which will conduct its own interviews of these recommended candidates and make a decision in the neighborhood of June 18-19.
Shortly after the committees have completed their task, the Board of Education will hold a special meeting at which it will meet the recommended candidate.
What about Mary L Tracy?
McMullin explained the Mary L. situation to Orange Live.
Ralph Nuzzo was Principal of Mary L. Tracy School with eight kindergarten classrooms and several pre-K classrooms. A part time director of curriculum rounded out the leadership at that school.
With the Board of Education’s approval, McMullin moved Turkey Hill Principal Colleen Murray over to the Central Office to become the Director of Curriculum and Instruction and Part Time Principal of Mary L. Tracy School.
“Mary L. has something called a 1.0 Lead Teacher, most of the teachers have a .84 contract and a 1.0 lead teacher. We restructured the 1.0 Lead teacher so that person has more leadership opportunities,” McMullin said. “Colleen will supervise the Kindergarten from here (Central Office) and be the Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
About the searches
Race Brook School Principal Mike Gray is leading the Principal Search for Turkey Hill School.
“It’s a huge undertaking for him, but he’s doing a terrific job,” McMullin said.
McMullin was chairman for the search committee for Peck Place School.
“We have a protocol for it that is on our web page if anyone would like to see it,” she said. “Mike and I are both following the same protocol and it is working well.”