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Center School Principal Resigns

By Michelle Murdock, Freelance Writer

Center School Principal Dr. Christopher Kennedy announced his resignation today effective January 2013.

In an email to parents and the Hopkinton community, Kennedy said, "After careful thought and consideration, I have decided to leave the Principalship at Center School, effective January 2013. I have recently been offered a position as the Senior English Language Arts Specialist with United Providence, working with several of the City’s most under-performing elementary, middle, and high schools. In this role, I will have the opportunity to engage in turnaround work by coaching school principals and instructional leadership teams around high quality ELA practices and pedagogy, in both English and Spanish."

Kennedy also said that his decision to return to more of a coaching and teaching role was a result of being surrounded by such "dynamic teaching and learning" here in Hopkinton.

"While in Hopkinton, I have enjoyed sharing my practice with teachers and have been rewarded many times over by the excitement and eagerness of our student learners," said Kennedy. " I am proud of the commitment by our faculty to support and enrich the lives of students, and it has been an honor to be a part of the Center School learning community. I am also appreciative of the support of parents, my administrative colleagues, and the Hopkinton School Committee."

Until his departure in early January, Kennedy will remain at Center School and says he will work to effect a smooth transition for everyone. Updates regarding the interim principal and plans for the long term will be provided by the School Committee and Hopkinton's Superintendent, Dr. Steven Hiersche.