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The Old Saybrook Board of Education (BOE) voted unanimously to appoint Sheila Riffle as principal of Old Saybrook High School at a special BOE meeting on Aug. 12. Riffle, who is currently serving as assistant principal at E.O. Smith High School in Storrs, will begin work in the coming weeks and will be on the job before the start of school.
"I'm thrilled beyond words to be appointed Old Saybrook High School principal," said Riffle. "It's clear to me that Old Saybrook is such a positive community that cares greatly about its people and its kids. I can't wait to get started."
Prior to serving as assistant principal at E.O. Smith since 2007, Riffle was an assistant principal at Middletown High School. She also served as a guidance counselor at Farmington High School and Tolland Middle School. She began her career as a music teacher.
Riffle earned her B.M.E. from Ohio State University, her M.S. in school counseling from Central Connecticut State University, and her sixth-year degree in educational leadership from The University of Connecticut
More than 26 candidates applied for the position. The hiring process extended over four weeks, during which time semi-finalists were interviewed three different times by parents, teachers, administrators, board members, paraprofessionals, a secretary, and students and were the subject of thorough reference checks.