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Interim Principal Selected for Newton's Williams Elementary

Current principal Midge Connolly will be leaving to take the vice principal position at Newton North High School.

Superintendent David Fleishman announced this week that literacy specialist Bob Beaudet will take over as interim principal at Williams for the 2012-2013 school year.

Beaudet will replace outgoing principal Midge Connolly, in the fall. 

According to a letter from Fleishman, Beaudet has played a leadership role for staff development in literacy issues both at Williams and throughout the district. He has also been the teacher in charge at Williams when Connolly is out of the building. 

"When considering the appointment of interim at Williams, I had two goals. First, I wanted someone who could continue the excellent work taking place right now at Williams, including the school-wide focus on literacy. I also wanted to secure an interim who would be able to manage the daily operations of the school successfully, especially because the executive assistant to the principal is also leaving at the end of the school year," Fleishman said in his May 30 letter. "I feel confident that Bob will be able to achieve both of these goals and provide the proper transition for a permanent principal."

Before coming to Newton, Beaudet worked as a literacy specialist in Cambridge. He has also worked in the past as an elementary teacher, language arts mentor teacher and intersession principal, the letter said.

Beaudet has a Bachelor of Arts from Worcester State College and a Masters of Education in educational administration from Cambridge College, the letter said. 

"Bob has an excellent working relationship with Midge Connolly and I am confident that they will work well together during the transition," Fleishman said in his letter. "We are grateful for Midge’s distinguished work over the past three years at Williams and appreciate all she has done to make sure that Williams continues its tradition of excellence."

A full copy of Fleishman's letter is included in the .pdf section above. 

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