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DEEP RIVER - When Deep River Elementary School (DRES) students and staff returned to school from their holiday vacations, they were greeted by Nancy Haslam, newly appointed interim principal. Haslam officially began her position Jan. 2 and will remain through the end of the school year in June.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ruth Levy said this week that the Board of Education will begin to advertise the principal's position in the spring. Haslam moves into the principal's office in mid-year after Jennifer Byars, the former principal, announced her resignation. Byars accepted a position as assistant superintendent with the Ledyard school district.
In an email to school staff in later November announcing Haslam's interim appointment, Levy said, "Haslam has spent over 40 years as an elementary teacher and principal. She has an extensive background in professional development and building teams. In addition, she is a skillful, collaborative, educational leader who truly loves children. I know you will enjoy getting to know and work with Nancy for the remainder of the school year."
The Board of Education and the central administration planned multiple visits during the month of December so Haslam could meet students and parents, and provide a smooth transition.
Byars was named principal at Deep River Elementary School in June of 2012. A Deep River resident, native, and a graduate of Valley Regional High School, she came to the district from Ledyard, where she had served as principal of the Gallup Hill School for four years. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal in Gales Ferry. Byars replaced Jack Pietrick, who retired after serving as principal at the school for 13 years.