Today Dr. Barry Richelsoph announced his intent to retire as Middle School Principal as of June 30, 2012. He joined the Bronxville faculty in 2004, following a career in Trumbull, Connecticut as a science teacher, assistant principal, and Middle School Principal. At Bronxville he supported many student-centered programs, including advisory, exploratory courses, and extended field trips to Williamsburg and Washington. He shepherded the school through some significant budget pressures and personnel changes, preserving the school's core programs and services. "Barry is a kind and patient leader," said Superintendent David Quattrone, "and whether it was a disciplinary matter, advocacy for a particular course, or sponsoring new activities, he always had the students' best interests in mind. Bronxville is fortunate to have had the benefit of his experience and wise perspective." Dr. Richelsoph will be sending a letter to the school community in the near future.
The Board will act on Richelsoph's decision at its February meeting, but the search for a new principal will begin immediately. Quattrone said the needs assessment would include open meetings with Middle School students, parents, and teachers to identify the school's strengths, needs, and the desirable personal characteristics of a new principal. He has asked Dr. Rachel Kelly to facilitate this process. There will also be an on-line survey. Quattrone said he expected this phase of the process to be completed in early March with a recommendation for appointment no later than May 1. The search process typically involves advertising, recruitment efforts, group interviews, reference checks, and site visits.