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WESTBROOK - After interviews last week with two finalists, the Board of Education voted to select Ruth Rose of North Branford to be the new Daisy Ingraham Elementary School principal.
"I'm delighted to be coming to Westbrook. It's a perfect match for me, and my background in Madison and Stonington schools has prepared me for it," said Rose.
"In visiting Daisy Ingraham, I'm just struck by the wonderful sense of joy that staff and students exude in their daily activities. I'm really excited that as principal, I will be able to support all of the wonderful achievements that have been going on at the school," she continued.
Rose is currently the associate principal at two kindergarten through 4th-grade schools-West Vine Street and West Broad Street Schools-in the Stonington Public Schools.
Her educational training includes earning B.A. and B.S. degrees in elementary education from Southern Connecticut State University, a master's degree in educational technology from Eastern Connecticut State University, and a sixth-year educational leadership credential. Currently she is a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Southern Connecticut State University, with an expected completion date of December 2015.
Superintendent of Schools Pat Ciccone said that 30 applications had been submitted for the Daisy Ingraham Elementary School principal position. Eight of these candidates were selected by the search committee for interviews. Three finalists then were asked to return for a second interview. After this interview round, the search committee narrowed the field to just two finalists. The board interviewed each on before making their selection.
Last week the board voted to appoint Rose as the new Daisy Ingraham Elementary School Principal. She replaces current Principal Kit Bishop, who will retire at the end of the school year.
Both Rose and incoming Westbrook High School Principal Tara Winch will be publicly introduced to the community at a brief reception at the Board of Education's June 10 regular meeting. The board will adjourn its business meeting shortly after 7 p.m. to allow the reception to begin.
Ciccone said that both of the districts' new principals should be working full-time in Westbrook by July 1.