New Principal hired at Currier Elementary School

DANBY - Currier Memorial School will have a different principal when the new school year starts this fall.

Carolyn Jarvis, an educator currently working in Barre, bas been hired for the position after an extensive search.

Dan French, the Bennington Rutland Supervisory Union's superintendent, said the search committee was made up of the school board, two teachers and a parent. They conducted a regional search and identified Jarvis as the best candidate for the job.

"I'm honored and excited to be able to serve the students of Currier Memorial and the community," Jarvis said.

The small school setting is something Jarvis is looking forward too. In her current position, she works in a school of 800 students. Her move to Currier Memorial will take her to a school the size of one class in her school in Barre.

"I will have the ability to be able to really impact all the students individually and their families," she said.

This is not Jarvis' first time teaching in a small school. When she first started her career in education, she worked in a small school where she served as the behavioral specialist, as well as teaching small group math and other subjects to all grade levels. Her education was focused on elementary education, but Jarvis also has special education credentials and her administrative endorsement. She moved from a special educator working with fifth through eighth grades to an assistant principal role. She said she won't miss being in a classroom as a teacher when moving into the roll of principal, because she will still have that opportunity.

"I will have a broader base of opportunity to be with the teachers and the students," she said.

Jarvis will be replacing the present principal, Helen Richards-Peelle, who will be leaving at the end of the current school year. Her contract was not renewed by the Union District #23 school board last February.

A new principal was not the only change Union District 23 faced this spring. At Town Meeting, the votes of Danby and Mt. Tabor voted their school budget down.

"The vote was tied in Danby and defeated by three votes in Mt. Tabor," French said. "Nothing was changed when the budget was submitted to voters."

What had changed, French said, were the tax numbers from the state; it was four cents less than what was initially proposed.

"I'm sure that contributed to its passing," he said.

The towns voted on May 7. In Danby, the local budget passed 149 votes to 131, however the Union District vote did not pass, 141 votes to 143. Because it is a Union District, when combining the votes from Mt. Tabor, 12 in favor of the budget and three against, the budget was adopted 153 to 146.


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