SOUTHINGTON – The Board of Education appointed a town resident and Enfield school principal to lead Thalberg School.
Katherine Reeves will start as Thalberg principal July 1. She’s been principal of Enfield Street School since 2014 and started as an elementary teacher in 1996.
Reeves replaces Megan Bennett, who was hired in 2012. Bennett left to become superintendent of Regional School District 12, which includes schools in Roxbury, Bridgewater and Washington.
School Board chairman Brian Goralski said Reeves stood out from other qualified finalists with her “calm presence” during interviews, experience in elementary schools and background in literacy education.
“The way she came across in the interview, her personal experience and background is what made her our choice,” Goralski said.
“It was a phenomenal pool of candidates,” he added. “The amount of sitting principals that were interested I believe is a great compliment to our community.”
Reeves has children in Southington schools. Goralski said it’s helpful to have an administrator who understands the community, including parent expectations.
The July 1 start will allow Reeves to study the school, meet staff and prepare for the upcoming year. Goralski said the district is working on a meet and greet for parents.
Colleen Clark, a school board member, said Reeves was an intern at Thalberg more than a decade ago.
“Some of the teachers there still remember her fondly,” she said.
Clark was pleased with the selection of Reeves who she believed was a good fit for the close-knit school.
“She’ll bring great experience, a great demeanor,” Clark said. “She’s replacing someone who is very, very loved and that’s a hard act to follow but I think she’s got the capabilities to handle it.”
With Reeves’ hiring, Goralski said the district will go into the summer and next year with a full complement of administrators.