New Sheehan principal may be chosen Monday

New Sheehan principal may be chosen Monday

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WALLINGFORD — The Board of Education is considering candidates for the Sheehan High School principal position. 

The board met Thursday to discuss candidates but did not hire anyone, Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo said. 

It’s possible the board would appoint a candidate at its regular meeting Monday at Town Hall, said Roxane McKay, chairwoman of the school board.

Rosemary Duthie, principal at Sheehan since 2000, announced last month she will retire in August. Sheehan, one of two high schools in town, has an enrollment of about 800 and a total staff of just over 80. 

“It’s such an important (position), so obviously you want to make sure it’s the best match for the school district,” McKay said. 

Duthie’s last day will be Aug. 10. The first day of school is Aug. 27. Two assistant principals, Gregory Dirkson and Justin Marciano, currently work under Duthie.

Menzo said Duthie will “leave a big hole to fill at Sheehan High School, as well as throughout the district.”

"She is known for her deep knowledge of district policy and practice, and that certainly will be hard to replace,” he said. 

Duthie said in a letter to staff announcing her retirement that “being principal has been an privilege and honor.” 

“I wish you and Sheehan High School continued success,” she wrote. “I take comfort in knowing that our students are entrusted to your capable hands.”


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