2018-07-05 / Around Town

School Committee Approves New Principals

By Christopher Allen

The Middletown School Committee appointed Donna Chelf and Beth Hayes as new principals at Gaudet School and Forest Avenue Elementary, respectively, during its July 2 meeting.

Chelf will be stepping up from her previous position as assistant principal of Gaudet, a role she has held since 2013. Hayes, former principal of Gaudet School, is a 22-year education veteran, the last three years of which she spent in the Middletown public school system.

Previously, Chelf taught seventh grade English Language Arts, and she was also the Middletown school district's evaluation specialist and student services manager.

“She has served faithfully and collaboratively as assistant principal at Gaudet School and we really feel this is the time for her to move up. We are very confident and proud of the work that she has done in the district,” Superintendent Rosemarie Kraeger said.

Chelf spoke briefly about her vision for the school.

“This is my 19th year [in education], and I’ve loved every minute of it,” she said. “I really look forward to the opportunity.”

Hayes, who was not at the meeting, said in a press release, “My passion for helping children discover their strengths and ability from a very young age, elementary curriculum in general, and my desire to help ignite a thirst for knowledge from the very start leads me back to me elementary roots.”

She worked previously in the Bristol-Warren Regional School District in elementary education.

“We feel that this will be a great fit at Forest Avenue,” Kraeger said. “We met with the Forest Avenue [parent-teacher] group, and they are fully supporting and welcoming Mrs. Hayes to the Forest Avenue community.”

The appointments are effective immediately. The next school committee meeting will take place Aug. 2.

In other matters

Approved a bid to PowerSchool, Inc., an education-technology platform company, to assist in upgrading and expanding the district student information system. The expansion is set to be completed by January.

Authorized Kraeger to recall teachers based on enrollment, need and funding. The recall would require approval at a School Committee meeting.

Return to top