Stonington names Curland assistant principal at SHS

Stonington - Neal Curland, who is probably best known in the region as the former basketball coach at Norwich Free Academy, has been named the new assistant principal at Stonington High School effective July 1.

Curland, who is an interim assistant principal at Bacon Academy, will replace Mark Friese, who will take over as principal when Stephen Murphy retires next month.

Prior to being at Bacon Academy, Curland was a special education teacher and head basketball coach at NFA and Windham High School. Curland was chosen from a pool of 35 candidates.

In announcing the hiring, Superintendent of Schools Van Riley, said Curland "quickly rose to the top of the list because of the extensive experience he has working with students, staff, and parents in many different capacities. He is an extremely talented educator whose passion for student success is obvious when you see him interact with people ... His experience and enthusiasm make him a perfect fit for Stonington."

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