Charlotte Central School Board endorses new lead principal

A-1-F-CCS-New-Principal-C.jpeg-copyBy Gail Callahan
As Charlotte voters head to the polls April 13 to vote on a revised $7.57 million budget, Charlotte Central School (CCS) staff and students are set to welcome Barbara Anne Komons-Montroll as the institution’s new lead principal. Komons-Montroll starts her new position July 1, and will make $110,000. Currently Montroll works a 220-day contract, earning $81,955, as principal at Doty Memorial School in Worcester, part of the Washington Central Supervisory Union.

Komons-Montroll was endorsed by the CCS Board Tuesday, March 24. Komons-Montroll was also Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) Superintendent Elaine Pickney’s and a hiring committee’s choice for the position.

“I am so excited about being selected as the lead principal of such a great school as Charlotte Central School,” she wrote in an email. “It will be both a privilege and a joy to work with the school’s dedicated and talented staff. I look forward to collaborating with the staff, parents and community in providing the best possible educational program for Charlotte’s students.”

Last week, CCS Board member Clyde Baldwin wrote a blistering post on Charlotte’s Front Porch Forum, criticizing the process and the perceived lack of transparency on the part of CSSU personnel that picked Komons-Montroll. Last Thursday, March 26, Baldwin said his concerns about the hiring decision will not prevent him from supporting and welcoming Komons-Montroll to the school. See page 5.

An educational professional for over 25 years, Komons-Montroll is in her fourth year as principal of Doty Memorial School. “While I am deeply fond of the Doty School community, I sought to decrease my commute and be closer to my home and family in Burlington.”
Komons-Montroll is married to former Burlington mayoral candidate Andy Montroll, who served for 15 years on the Queen City’s City Council. She and her husband have two children, Sarah and Elliott.

Komons-Montroll’s professional background includes teaching first and second grade at Underhill ID School and in the Williston School District, and primary grade math at Doty.
The process to review candidates for CCS’ Instructional Leader position begins Thursday, April 2. A committee has already met to review the process of interviewing candidates and also began to comb through resumes. Pickney’s office indicated one day is spent on the first round of interviews, while another day is set aside for a second set of questioning, followed by a site visit to an applicant’s school.

There is no timeline for Pickney to endorse a candidate for the CCS Instructional Leader.