SUNDERLAND >> Sunderland Elementary School has announced the hiring of Skyler LaBombard as their new principal.
LaBombard, who will begin at his new position starting July 1, is currently a sixth grade teacher at Pownal Elementary School. He will replace long-serving principal Melody Troy, who will retire at the end of the school year.
"I'm honored and excited to become the next principal at Sunderland Elementary School," said Mr. LaBombard, "I look forward to working collaboratively with staff, students, parents, and the community to ensure continued success."
"The Sunderland School Board is excited about the opportunity to work with our new principal," said Melanie Virgilio, chairwoman of the Sunderland School Board, "His enthusiasm for quality education and his strong leadership skills make him the ideal fit for the Sunderland Elementary School."
"He's been such an asset to our school," said Cynthia Brownell, chairwoman of the Pownal School Board, "He helped out with the smartboards when he first came, he taught the teachers. It's our loss, but I understand that he wants to move forward with his future, and we wish him the best." She said that if there was ever an opening in the Pownal administration, she would be thrilled if he would consider returning.
"Through his admin program, I was his mentor," said Pownal principal Todd Phillips, "He did a fine job, and I wish him good luck."
"We were fortunate to have had a leader of Mrs. Troy's caliber over the last several years," said Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union Superintendent Dan French, "Under Mrs. Troy's leadership, the enrollment of Sunderland Elementary School has doubled, students routinely perform at the highest levels on achievement tests, and the school environment has become a modern learning facility with state-of-the-art technology. More importantly, Mrs. Troy has developed a highly capable educational team among her staff. Mr. LaBombard will be inheriting a well run organization largely due to the skill and dedication of Mrs. Troy."
LaBombard holds a master's degree in Education from the College of St. Joseph in Rutland, a graduate certificate in Educational Technology from Marlboro College, and a certificate of advanced graduate study in Advanced Educational Leadership from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.
Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.