Bozzini ‘Absent’ From Ringing Rocks; New Principal Due

POTTSTOWN PA – Michelle Bozzini, a Boyertown resident who has served as principal of the Pottsgrove School District‘s Ringing Rocks Elementary School since April 2008, apparently no longer occupies that position, according to a letter distributed Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2013) by district Superintendent Shellie Feola to the school’s parents, teachers, and staff members.

Bozzini 'Absent' From Ringing Rocks; New Principal Due

Michelle Bozzini

“There will be a transition in leadership due to the absence” of Bozzini, Feola wrote, and added she sought to confirm “the immediate transition” as well as to describe plans “for the next several months of the school year.”

Feola also wrote she was “optimistic that we will have formal approval of an Interim Principal” during the Board of School Directors’ Jan. 22 meeting.

The letter did not describe the circumstances of Bozzini’s departure, or whether her absence was temporary or permanent. The Post has attempted to contact Feola with questions via e-mail, but has not yet received a response. It has not yet been able to reach Bozzini for comment.

The school board on Tuesday (Jan. 8) approved two “separation agreements” with employees identified only by the last four digits of what appear to be their Social Security numbers. One agreement was dated Dec. 11 (2012); the second, Jan. 8. When asked after the meeting for specifics on the agreements, both Feola and a district solicitor said they involved personnel matters and would not be discussed. It is not known whether either of the agreements were with Bozzini, or if either involved financial settlements or other forms of remuneration.

Board President Scott Fulmer announced directors had met in executive sessions last Wednesday (Jan. 2), and again before Tuesday night’s meeting; and would meet as well after Tuesday’s meeting. All three were regarding personnel matters, Fulmer said, without further elaboration.

In her letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, Feola sought to assure recipients that “there are a number of plans in place to insure the continuity of the instructional program for the students. We will have District Office and other Building Administrators supporting the building each day as we confirm the hiring of an Interim Principal.”

The interim principal, according to the letter, “is recently retired from a neighboring district. She is very experienced and enthusiastic at the opportunity to work with the positive and creative staff and students at Ringing Rocks.” She “will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school” and should be available beginning “daily during the last week in January,” Feola wrote.

“The needs of the students are our first priority and I want you to know we have made the building our priority as well,” she added. “It is our intent to make this transition seamless for the students. All school based programming and events will continue as planned.”

Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Jan. 8 meeting):

Photo from Linked-In