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Dame Jennifer praises principals who will be transferred

Education Minister Dame Jennifer Smith has named the four principals to be transferred to new schools in September.

The transfers are designed to better address student achievement rates, resource distribution and professional growth, Dame Jennifer said in a statement issued yesterday.

Principals affected by the decision were named as:

n Purvis Primary School principal Judith Alexander, who will move to Victor Scott Primary;

n TN Tatem Middle School principal Francine McMahon, will move to Purvis Primary;

n East End Primary principal Idonia Beckles, will move to TN Tatem Middle School;

n Victor Scott Primary principal Valerie Williams will move to East End Primary.

“Each of these Principals has provided a solid foundation at their particular school and they bring specific experience and expertise which will augment the school to which they are being transferred for the 2012/2013 year,” Dame Jennifer said.

She thanked the principals for their “commitment to doing what is best for the students of Bermuda” and said the moves are in line with the Ministry’s focus on supporting schools and building capacity to “maximise the performance of all those who interact with our students”.

Dame Jennifer announced that four principals would be moved earlier this week.

She told the House of Assembly on Wednesday: “Some may call this making change slowly. While we do want to ensure that the system needs are addressed, too much change at one time would not be good for the system.

“These transfers match the strengths of the individual principals with the needs of the schools to which they will be appointed. We believe the matches will be positive ones for the schools, the staff and the students.”

Dame Jennifer also announced at that time that deputy principals would no longer be hired by a principal to work in a particular school.

“This change will ensure that the leadership provided in schools is complementary, ensures equity and aids in school and system growth,” she said.

Shadow Education Minister Grant Gibbons warned earlier this week that parents might be angry if successful principals were taken away from schools.

Efforts to obtain a comment from the Association of School Principals were unsuccessful by press time.

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Published March 19, 2012 at 10:01 am (Updated March 19, 2012 at 10:00 am)

Dame Jennifer praises principals who will be transferred

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