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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Long Lots Principal Submits Resignation

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Jeffrey Golubchick welcomed students back to school in September. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for WestportNow.com

Westport’s Long Lots Elementary School Principal Jeffrey M. Golubchick, placed on “paid administrative leave without prejudice” in February for letters his attorney sent to some teachers and administrators, has resigned, Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer said today.

In an email to Long Lots parents, she said he has submitted his resignation effective June 30.  Golubchick, 36, has been principal since July 1, 2015. He earlier served as assistant principal at Saugatuck Elementary.

“Mr. Golubchick recently notified us that he will be leaving Westport to find an administrative position closer to his home in New York or in California, where his wife grew up,” Palmer said.

The school official has been silent since the abrupt removal of Golbuchick. He was at school on Wednesday, Feb. 8 but after a snow day on Thursday, he was not at the school the next day. (See WestportNow Feb. 11, 2017)

“Mr. Golubchick’s attorney has sent letters to a select group of teachers and subordinate administrators asserting legal claims against them, including personal liability, which some recipients found upsetting,” Palmer said in an email to parents at the time.

“In order for the district to properly review the impact of these letters on the operation of the school, Mr. Golubchick has been placed on paid administrative leave, without prejudice.”

Palmer said Michael Cicchetti, interim principal, would continue at the school to finish out the year “in the interest of continuity and to give Mr. Golubchick time to make this transition.” A search will begin for a new principal, she said.

Her email to parents also contained a “public statement” about Golubchick’s resignation, which had all the appearances it was part of a legal settlement, in which she said: “We wish Mr. Golubchick all the best for the future.”

The statement said he had “worked tirelessly to lead the school, and he has been deeply involved in all aspects of the school.

“For example, he spearheaded the initiative to enrich the educational experience of the students by introducing the first school-wide production of a musical.”

Long Lots parent Candace Banks also praised Golubchick. “The excitement and energy that Jeffrey brought to our school was contagious,” she said. “He introduced many fresh ideas and improvements to Long Lots. He always approached parents’ concerns with a high degree of respect and compassion. I am sad that he is moving on, but grateful for his contributions.”

Andrea Moore, who worked with him as a parent on the PTA at Saugatuck, said: “Jeffrey brought a bright light into our school as a new administrator with fresh ideas and positive energy. In his short time at Saugatuck Elementary School he was a supportive administrator for teacher and students alike. I am sorry to see him go from the Westport public schools and wish him the best in his future.”

Prior to joining Saugatuck, Golubchick, a native New Yorker, had been director of elementary humanities at North Shore Schools in Sea Cliff, New York and assistant principal at P.S. 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, New York, according to an announcement by former Superintendent Elliott Landon upon his Long Lots appointment.

In announcing Golubchick’s appointment, Landon said: “Mr. Golubchick will bring to Long Lots a strategic vision that is consistent with our efforts to build a strong student community that is proficient with the essential 21st century capacities of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and global thinking within the framework of civic, social and ethical behaviors.”

This story has been updated with comments from several parents.

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