Torrington school district eliminating two principal positions - WFSB 3 Connecticut

Torrington school district eliminating two principal positions

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TORRINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

There is a shake-up within the Torrington School District, and starting this fall, there will be no more principals at the middle and high school.

Officials said the drastic restructuring is to better adapt to the common core standards.

The decision to eliminate the principal for middle and high school was made by the board of education late Wednesday night, and many parents are still finding out about it Thursday.

Instead, they're going to create a director of secondary education, who will oversee grades six through 12. There will also be six assistant principals.

The assistant superintendent job has also nixed, and instead three curriculum development jobs will be created. Those people will now work under the director.

"The principals now, they're really good principals and they know what they need to do to get stuff done," said Thomas Farr, who is a graduating senior. "Just six assistant principals, whose going to take charge? One person can't take charge of two schools."

Officials say it's to focus on the common core standards, which is a national set of goals for reading and math.

Currently, there are three assistant principals at the high school, and two at the middle school. The new plan calls for one in each grade. That person would then stay with the same class throughout their career.

"I just hope they know what they're doing and I hope it's not just an experiment in Torrington, and I hope they've done this in other schools," said Ralph Boscarino, who is a parent of upcoming 6th graders. "If it's worked in other schools, then fine, I don't have a problem with it. If they're just practicing here, we're the guinea pigs, I don't know if I like this."

Ron Chivinski wishes parents were informed along the way. He had no idea about the shake-up until Eyewitness News told him.

"I think more public input is a better formula," Chivinski said. "Coming from somewhere, I teach in Newtown for the last 14 years, and that's really the formula down there. The more public input, the better."

No word on if there will be layoffs, or who will be slipping into what position.

The middle school principal was already leaving for another job. No word yet on what will happen to the high school principal.

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