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Mt. Abe Principal Lyman to leave at end of year

BRISTOL — As if the Mount Abraham Union High School Board didn’t have enough on its plate trying to get voter approval for a 2015-2016 budget, the panel recently learned that it is now in the market for a new principal.
Principal Gaynell Lyman confirmed on Monday that she will be leaving the position she has held for just one year in order to pursue another career opportunity.
The MAUHS board at its June 2 meeting accepted Lyman’s resignation “with deep regret” and mapped out a schedule to find an interim principal to lead the school into the next academic year. That schedule called for the vacancy to be announced June 3, followed by the creation of a seven-member search advisory committee made up of Mount Abe board members (2), faculty (1), staff (1), one student, a member of the community at large and Addison Northeast Assistant Superintendent Catrina DiNapoli.
The search process calls for initial interviews for interim principal candidates during the week of June 15, “or as soon as practicable,” followed by second-round interviews, culminating in the hiring of a preferred candidate by July 21. The search will include background checks and a visit to the school, according to the proposed itinerary prepared by ANeSU Superintendent David Adams.
Lyman — in conferences for much of this week — said she would share her news and new destination with the Independent during a June 4 interview for an article that will appear in the newspaper’s Monday, June 8 issue.
It was in April of 2014 that the MAUHS board hired Lyman to guide the school. A native Vermonter, Lyman found her first teaching job during the 1990s in Virginia public schools. She was associate principal at Douglas S. Freeman High School in Henrico County, Va., at the time she accepted the Mount Abe job.
Lyman, during an interview with the Independent when she was hired last year, said she was particularly excited to continue Mount Abe’s focus on individualized learning for students.
“Something that draws me to Mount Abe is the concept of personalized learning,” Lyman said at the time. “What is exciting for me is finding ways to appropriately challenge all students, and this is a rigorous experience that prepares them to be high-quality thinkers and members of the community.”
Lyman’s announcement comes as ANeSU voters prepare to vote, for a third time, on a proposed 2015-2016 budget for MAUHS (see related story on Page 1A) on Tuesday, June 9. The budget was first defeated on Town Meeting Day, and a revised version was turned down a second time in April. The $13,947,738 version to be voted on June 9 is $75,000 less than the budget voted down in late April and reflects a 1.02 percent cut in spending compared to the current (fiscal year 2015) budget.
Reporter John Flowers is at john@addisonindependent.com.

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