New principal may mean higher standards
By Erin Mansfield
Correspondent | May 16,2014
DANBY — Union District 23 completed its principal search May 7 and hired Carolyn Jarvis of Barre to take over as the new principal for Currier Memorial School, superintendent Dan French announced in a news release.
Jarvis serves as an assistant principal at Barre Town Middle and Elementary School, according to the statement, where she was also a special educator and behavioral specialist for more than 10 years.
“I feel like I’m walking away with a wealth of knowledge,” said Jarvis, who says her current pre-K through 8 school has 850 kids.
“It will be a change, but I’m absolutely thrilled,” she said. “My overall goals are to serve the community and meet the needs of the school.”
French said he was excited to work with someone with a “strong track record,” and said after helping Jarvis transition into the job, they will work on “growing expectations, and just raising the bar.”
The school, which serves K-6 students from Danby and Mount Tabor, has shown staggered test scores on the New England Common Assessment Program since 2009 in writing, reading, math and science, according to data from the Vermont Agency of Education.
Specifically, data for the grades 3-8 math test show a small decrease in students at the “proficient” level, and an increase in students testing “substantially below proficient,” according to data from the Vermont Agency of Education.
“I don’t think Currier scores are low,” French said. He put the school’s performance in statewide context, and said that area has a “relatively high poverty rate.”
French said schools across the state are all pushing for higher standards, but the school board’s three-month search inspired parents and School Board members to think big for the school’s future.
“Search process is a great time to talk about what your hopes and dreams are,” French said.
“They have some pretty high standards, and some pretty high hopes and dreams,” he said.
Jarvis will begin work July 1.