Manchester Elementary-Middle School Principal Resigns; Pergament named to school board


MANCHESTER >> Thomas Quinn, the principal of the Manchester Elementary Middle School, has resigned,

On Wednesday, June 15, Mark Kaplan, the acting Chairperson of the Manchester School Board, announced Tom Quinn has resigned as the Principal of MEMS for personal reasons. Mr. Quinn will be on paid leave through the rest of the summer and his resignation will take effect on August 31, 2016.

"On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Mr. Quinn for his service to the school and our community," said Mr. Kaplan. "The Board will begin a search immediately to find an interim principal to fill in until a permanent replacement can be hired."

Quinn served one year as the principal at MEMS. He was hired to replace outgoing principal Sarah Merrill last June, and started his tenure on July 1, 2015. According to the statement announcing his hiring, he had more than 20 years of experience as a school administrator in both public and private schools, most recently serving as Headmaster of Commonwealth Parkville School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In addition to his broad educational and cultural experiences in such places as Kuwait City, Kuwait; Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Caracas, Venezuela; Mr. Quinn served for seven years as the Superintendent of Schools for a K-8 district in East Hampton, N.Y.

In another unrelated change, this time on the Manchester school board, Jason Pergament was named to fill the vacancy created when former board member and board chairman Jon Wilson stepped down from the board for conflict-of-interest reason on June 10. Wilson's mother, Jackie Wilson, who was also a former principal at MEMS until 2011, was recently named as interim superintendent of the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union will a search is underway to find a permanent replacement for Daniel French, the outgoing superintendent. his last day will be June 30.


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