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Public to meet Whiting-Sudbury principal hopefuls

WHITING/SUDBURY — There are three candidates vying for the principalship at the Sudbury and Whiting elementary schools, and parents will get a chance to meet them over two public forums in the next week.
Current Sudbury and Whiting Principal Ed Barnwell will retire in June, and Rutland Northeast Superintendent Jeanne Collins said she has three qualified candidates to choose from for Barnwell’s replacement.
Sudbury and Whiting school are the two smallest schools in the RNeSU, with a combined enrollment of 77 students, therefore only one principal is needed between the two. As of September, the schools will merge and be considered one school with two campuses: preschool through second grade will be in Whiting, and third through sixth grade will be in Sudbury.
The three candidates are Roxanne Greene, Kristine Evarts and Patricia Beaumont. A public forum was held Wednesday, Feb. 1 at the Sudbury School to meet Roxanne Greene. Another forum will be held on Monday, Feb. 6, from 5-7 p.m. at Whiting Elementary School to meet Patricia Beaumont and Kristine Evarts.
THE CANDIDATES
Roxanne Greene has been a classroom teacher at the Bridport Central School since 2013. Prior to that, she taught kindergarten and special education in Springfield, Vt., and in upstate New York, as well as in Castleton and Danby.
She holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in education from the College of St. Joseph, and has several graduate credit hours from Castleton University and St. Michael’s College.
Kristine Evarts is currently the principal of Beeman Elementary School in New Haven, a position she has held since 2013. Prior to that, Evarts was the assistant principal at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol for six years. She began her teaching career at Beeman as a classroom teacher from 2001-2007 before leaving to take the position at Mount Abe.
Evarts holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary and special education from the College of St. Joseph and a master’s degree in education from the University of Vermont.
Patricia Beaumont is currently the preschool through fifth grade co-principal at the Shelburne Community School, a position she has held since 2012. Prior to that, Beaumont was the principal of the Rutland Town School from 2003 to 2012, and before that was the assistant principal at Rutland Town from 2001-2003. She was a math teacher at Otter Valley Union High School from 2000-2001.
Beaumont holds a bachelor’s degree from UVM with a major in psychology and a minor in biology. She has a master’s in art education from Castleton and a certificate of advanced graduate studies from Castleton.

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