The Recorder – Acting Associate Principal of Greenfield Middle School resigns
Posted: 02/10/2022 16:41:53
Modified: 02/10/2022 16:40:12
GREENFIELD — Superintendent Christine DeBarge announced Wednesday that Greenfield Middle School acting associate principal Chris Pratt has notified the district of her resignation.
“I want to thank Chris for all his hard work and wish him luck,” DeBarge told school committee members Wednesday night.
Pratt’s last day as acting associate director will be Feb. 18, according to DeBarge.
Pratt, who was hired in September, said in a phone interview Thursday that he was able to find a permanent position at another school, though he declined to say where.
The Brattleboro, Vermont native had recently served as superintendent at the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union and began working in Greenfield on September 27.
DeBarge told members of the school committee that the position of associate principal had already been posted and applications had already started to come in.
Pratt also served as the Restorative Practice Facilitator, a stipend position created in the fall to address the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on students.
“I plan to convene the members who applied for writing the social-emotional learning program to see what the state of things is, to get the lay of the land, and then make a decision from there if I’m going to repost (the position), or one of the directors will continue that work,” DeBarge noted.
The district will also soon hire a social justice and community outreach coordinator, the job description for which school board members approved with some changes Wednesday.
“I think what we need is someone who comes with the ability to continue, monitor and support the work that’s being done through the lens of fairness,” DeBarge said. “I didn’t necessarily title him ‘coach’, but I almost liken him to our teaching coaches – (they have) the ability to be on the pitch and support people in the immediate term.”
The person would help provide advice to students, offer workshops with staff and family, and be a link to community organizations.
“Greenfield, in my limited time here, has a very rich base of community organizations and resources,” she said. “It would be wonderful to have someone who could help our students access needed resources and be a link to families, and be able to do home visits if needed.”
She said the position, which is funded by the ESSER III (Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund) grant, will be a full-time position throughout the school year.
School committee member Glenn Johnson-Mussad suggested a friendly amendment to add a sentence telling applicants that they do not necessarily need to meet all of the requirements to apply and to include a specific salary when it is attach. Both changes were aimed at attracting a larger and more diverse pool of candidates, he explained.
“I’m excited for this work and for it to happen,” he said.
Jayme Winell, an English teacher at Greenfield Middle School, said during the public comment portion of the meeting that while she has seen more stability at school since the start of the school year thanks to new staff, more support staff is still needed. .
“I’m very grateful to see a lot of new employees,” she told committee members. “We still need … staff in rooms with many children who have individualized education plans (IEPs), who need individual support. Not having that one-on-one support in the classroom is really difficult. »
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