Clearwater principal resigns abruptly

  • Principal resigns: Garita Coddington is seen in this photograph from 2017

    Principal resigns: Garita Coddington is seen in this photograph from 2017

The principal of a middle school is to resign next month, The Royal Gazette can reveal.

Garita Coddington said that her last day as principal of Clearwater Middle School in St David’s would be December 31.

News of the resignation came in a letter written by Ms Coddington to parents of Clearwater pupils on Wednesday.

Ms Coddington added: “Until such time, I will continue to work with the school’s leaders and staff to ensure that they are in the best possible position to maintain the smooth and efficient day-to-day operations of the school.”

She said that her resignation was made with “gratitude and mixed emotions”.

Ms Coddington added: “After 20 years of dedicated service in the Bermuda public school system as a change agent, educator, role model, advocate and principal, I have decided to serve my fellow Bermudians in a different capacity.”

She said that it had been “an honour and privilege” to have been an educator.

Ms Coddington said that she was “most proud of the positive and trusting relationships” that she had forged with pupils, teachers, parents and the public.

Ms Coddington was reassigned to Clearwater after TN Tatem Middle School, in Warwick, where she also served as principal, was closed due to mould and other health and safety issues last year.

She said that she had enjoyed being a part of Clearwater school.

Ms Coddington added: “It has been an honour to work with the dedicated colleagues who work hard to put the needs of students at the forefront.

“My short time as your leader has been memorable. You embraced me as the incoming leader and have been very supportive. For this, I am so grateful.”

Ms Coddington did not respond to a request for comment yesterday.

A spokeswoman for the education department said officials were “not aware that Ms Coddington planned to announce her resignation to students, parents and staff” on Wednesday.

She added: “The department’s protocol for handling matters of this kind is to finalise a proper roll-out plan for a replacement and include that information in an official announcement emanating from the office of the Commissioner of Education.

“The department assures students, parents and staff that officers in the Department of Education are working diligently to have a principal in place for January 2020.”

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Published Nov 15, 2019 at 8:00 am (Updated Nov 15, 2019 at 11:12 am)

Clearwater principal resigns abruptly

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