POTTSTOWN PA – Barbara Guy, a former principal of West Vincent Elementary School in the Owen J. Roberts School District, has been chosen as Michelle Bozzini’s successor to become interim principal of the Pottsgrove School District’s Ringing Rocks Elementary, subject to Board of School Directors’ approval next week, Superintendent Shellie Feola announced Wednesday (Jan. 16) in a letter to parents and staff members.
Guy spent 33 years as an OJR employee and retired in 2011, according to The Pottstown Patch online news service. She also served as assistant principal of its middle school, and as principal of its French Creek Elementary School before moving to West Vincent. Additionally, she has worked as an elementary math specialist, and as a teacher for gifted and talented math students, a 2011 Patch article reported.
Since her retirement, according to Feola’s letter, Guy has offered consultant services for educational curriculum and professional development. “We are so fortunate to have the opportunity to have someone with Mrs. Guy’s expertise and warm personality in the building through this transition,” Feola wrote. “She is a committed and responsible individual, and once you meet her you will immediately recognize the qualities of a strong and inviting leader.”
Feola’s letter also expressed thanks to families and employees “for all of your support during our transition in leadership,” and as Pottsgrove administrators sought “to move the building forward and provide continuity in our supervision of students since the winter break.”
Guy is expected to take the reins at Ringing Rocks on Jan. 30 (Wednesday), Feola wrote. Until then, as reported earlier, Pottsgrove Middle School Assistant Principal Dr. David Ramage is sitting in the Rocks’ principal chair.
Bozzini, Feola’s letter said, was “currently on a leave of absence” but “will not be returning to her position as principal.” Bozzini apparently was ousted from the job sometime after Dec. 21 (2012), when the winter break began, and her departure made official in an announcement by Feola on Jan. 9. No reason was given; the district instead claimed the move was a personnel matter that could remain secret under state law. “We wish her well in her professional endeavors and thank her for her years of service to the district,” Feola’s letter added.
Labor law websites indicate the term “leave of absence” usually refers to only a temporary, not permanent, condition. The phrasing in Feola’s letter raised speculation among some parents of Ringing Rocks students that designating a leave may have been part of the separation agreement between Bozzini and the district.
Editor’s Note: Writing on this article began Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and was updated in segments throughout the morning. It was completed at 11:18 a.m., and was further edited at 11:37 a.m.
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