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Skinner Road School Principal Resigns

The superintendent had nothing but praise for her and a replacement search will begin immediately.

Kristie Bourdoulous has resigned as principal of Skinner Road School, three days shy of reaching the six-month mark of her tenure there.

Bourdoulous submitted a letter of resignation to the Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway on Monday. The school board discussed the letter in executive session and eventually accepted it.

Bourdoulous has taken a multi-school position in Norwich
and will begin that position on March 1, Conway said. Her last day at Skinner Road will be Feb. 28, she said. 

"I sincerely appreciate the opportunities I have been afforded in Vernon and have enjoyed my time at Skinner Road School. I am thankful for the support and guidance from central administration," Bourdoulous said in her letter. "I feel lucky to have shared in the school and local community. I commend the teachers and staff of SRS for their professionalism, dedication, and commitment to this school. They work tirelessly each and every day to ensure the children are growing academically, socially, and emotionally. I wish the children, families, and staff the best of luck in the future."

A corresponding letter was sent to the Skinner Road School community.

Bourdoulous was hired on July 17. She has taught elementary school in Bolton and East Hartford. She has also been a literacy coach in East Hartford and was assigned to two failing schools, Conway said.

She was East Hartford's Teacher of the Year in 2009.

Conway said she was doing a "wonderful" job at Skinner Road while adding the job in Norwich - instruction-based - was really the perfect fit for her career.

"She found a job better suited for her," Conway said, hinting that an open position like that was too good to pass up for someone with the skills of Bourdoulous.

Conway said the job will be posted this weekend and the search for her replacement will begin immediately. Skinner Road serves children through Grade 5.

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