WOOD RIVER JUNCTION - When Robert Mitchell decided to leave his post as principal of Chariho High School this past spring, the Chariho School Committee acted quickly to appoint Elizabeth Sinwell, the former CHS Assistant Principal, to fill his roll. That decision was made without the use of a search committee.
However, Sinwell will not be the principal at CHS next year. She has decided to pursue other professional interests, and will be the director of curriculum for the Foster-Gloster Regional School District this coming fall.
In a move reminiscent to the one that made Sinwell Mitchell's replacement, the school committee decided to appoint Laurie Weber, the former Richmond School Principal, to be the next CHS principal. The decision to appoint Weber was also made without a search committee.
“When you have any exceptional internal candidate,” said Chariho Supt. Barry Ricci, “there is no need to look elsewhere.”
Ricci said Weber “has done an outstanding job at the Richmond School, one of the highest performing schools in the state.” He also said that she had reached out to him regarding a possible position advancement, so when things did not work out with Sinwell as the new CHS principal, Ricci thought immediately of Weber.
The moves of Sinwell and Weber created more administrative voids in the district. To fill the rest of the vacant positions, which also included assistant principal at the Richmond School, search committee’s were utilized.
On Tuesday, July 17, the school committee appointed Sharon Martin to be the new principal of the Richmond Elementary, Renee Reis to be the assistant principal at Richmond Elementary, and Craig MacKenzie to be the new assistant principal of CHS.
Martin was most recently the kindergarten through Grade 9 mathematics coach for Narragansett Public schools. She received her bachelor degree of elementary education and a minor in English from URI in 1993, and later completed graduate coursework in education administration at both the University of Mass., Boston, and Rhode Island College. Martin has also worked for the Newport Public Schools system before heading to Narragansett.
“I am eager to use my knowledge of school leadership and excited to share my passion and energy for instructional based practice as an elementary principal,” Martin wrote in a letter to the district. “As principal, I will cultivate a professional learning community that challenges all learners, maintains a safe and positive school culture, and celebrates the accomplishments of our school with the greater school community.”
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