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Friday, June 26, 2015

Staples Interim Principal Picked, More Searches Needed

By James Lomuscio

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An educator with 37 years experience has agreed to serve as interim principal of Staples High School for one year while the administration continues its search to replace John Dodig, Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon announced today.

Mark W. Karagus, 64, of Trumbull most recently served as principal of Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, and has many years experience as a guidance counselor, assistant principal and housemaster, Landon said.

“He has the background and experience that I believe should serve Staples High School well during this transitional interim period,” Landon said.

The transitional period, however, is not limited to finding a Dodig replacement.

Two weeks ago, Marge Cion, director of human resources and a former Board of Education chair, announced she was leaving the school administration, where she has served six and a half years, to take a similar position with the Darien Public Schools.

And just this week Susie DaSilva, principal of Kings Highway Elementary School, announced to Landon that she would be leaving to be assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction in Darien.

“The transition in this district is going to be huge,” said Landon, who is retiring at the end of the 2015-16 academic year.

And in the absence of Cion, Landon says he will assume her role of having to hire a search firm “to find us a great candidate for a high school principal since I don’t have an human resources director.”

“Our search for a permanent building principal will get underway early during the first semester of the school year and will be comprehensive and very professional,” Landon stated in an email.

He said the goal is to have the best possible candidate on board “for the start of the 2016-17 school year.”

“I hope I don’t have any more surprises,” Landon said about the need for three replacements.

“At the same time these things are happening, we have extraordinary department chairs and great assistant principals and great teachers,” he added.

“Working together we should not be skipping a beat in terms of providing the best for every kid in our schools.”

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