Principal Monica Smith of the Charlotte Central School recently submitted her resignation to the local school board. In a public letter sent to parents, students and other Charlotte residents, Smith expressed her optimism in the school's future.
Smith's letter, which appeared on several local websites, did not note the reason for her departure:
"I am writing to inform you that I submitted my resignation to the school board... This is the right time in my life to "take a break" and it is a good time for Charlotte Central School, as well. The Action Plans for 2009-2012 will be completed by June. The Strategic Plan runs through 2012. The school board is focusing on preparing a bond to present to the voters for needed renovations to the buildings.
"Our students are doing very well on academic measures. Teachers continue to keep up with the latest research in teaching and learning. CCS is well on its way to integrating technology into the learning of our students. We will be going into our second year of implementing the Positive Behavior Supports System to promote positive behaviors in our students and diminish negative behaviors. I could go on and on... It is an indescribable joy to be part of the lives of the thousands of students who have grown and developed daily at CCS over those years..."
Smith served as the school's principal for 19 years.