Letter: Principal Observations

To the Editor:

I am a seventh-grade student at the Richmond Middle School. Next year I will have a new principal. A new principal might be an unusual event for a student or a school, but for me and other Norwich seventh-graders who have been around in Norwich since fifth grade, a new principal is a normal occurrence. In fact, in the last three years, I have had three different principals, and next year, four, and the next year, at Hanover High, five. Five principals in five years. Having so many principals doesn’t have to be a negative thing. In fact, I have learned so much about leadership from each one.

Which attributes of the three principals did I like the best? What makes a good principal? For me, three important elements make a principal the principal:

Communication: Is he/she talking to me?

Student-centered approach: Do they know who I am?

Innovative leadership: What are the new ideas he/she brings to the school, and how can this person change the school for the better?

I look forward to getting to know my next principals.

Griffin Stotland



Richmond Middle School Principal Finalists Emerge

Friday, November 22, 2013

Hanover — The Dresden School Board has chosen two Richmond Middle School principal finalists, one of whom is the current associate principal at the school. Michael Lepene, associate principal at Richmond, and Garon Smail, associate principal at Woodstock Union High School, were chosen among more than 30 applicants, Dresden Superintendent Frank Bass said. The new principal will replace Jim Nourse, …