The “interim” tag has been dropped from Debbie Stone’s title. She is now, simply, principal of Coginchaug Regional High School.
“It is an honor to be appointed as Principal of Coginchaug Regional High School,” Stone stated. “I look forward to working closely with our learners, staff, and families to create a learning environment that is student-centered and accepting of all. I am excited for this opportunity.”
Stone’s predecessor, Matthew Warner, was placed on administrative leave for undisclosed personal reasons on March 18 and resigned soon after.
When Warner was placed on leave, Coginchaug assistant principal Katie Trainer stepped in to help before Stone — Memorial School’s principal — was named interim principal at Coginchaug.
RSD13 Superintendent Doug Schuch indicated that Stone has risen to the challenge.
“Deb stepped into the role of Interim Principal about a month ago on very short notice and has done a tremendous job leading our high school through the recent uncertainty, as well as a number of other challenges,” Schuch stated. “With nine years of successful leadership at Korn Elementary School, Memorial School, and Coginchaug Regional High School, Mrs. Stone brings extensive knowledge of our district to her new role. Based on these experiences, she also enters this new assignment with solid connections to so many of the learners and families at CRHS.
“In addition, Deb is committed to learner-centered education and the transformations to education that will be necessary to better prepare our learners to achieve their hopes and dreams after graduation.”
Stone’s career in education began at Totoket Valley Elementary School in Northford. She then moved on to North Branford Intermediate School, before arriving in Regional School District 13.
Stone and her husband, Guy, reside in Northford with their children, Riley, Liam and Makenna.
Regional School District 13 will immediately begin searching for a permanent principal for Memorial School.