Bonesteel selected as Montpelier superintendent

Elizabeth Bonesteel

MONTPELIER — Elizabeth "Libby" Bonesteel has been selected to be the new superintendent of the Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools District.  Her starting salary will be $125,000 annually. News of the appointment came in a release from the School Board late Monday night.  "The Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools Board of School Directors is pleased to announce that it has reached a verbal agreement with Elizabeth (Libby) Bonesteel to appoint her as the district's first superintendent on July 1, 2018," the release said.  Bonesteel said she was looking forward to joining the leadership team of the school district and connecting with teachers, students and the community to forge common goals.  "I will be spending the summer months getting to know everything I can about where the system currently stands and thinking about where the system can grow with my new colleagues," Bonesteel said. "I hope to be a part of the team that works to bring together the goals of the communities of Montpelier and Roxbury so that we can continue the pursuit of creating rigorous and engaging learning opportunities for all kids."  Bonesteel, the director of curriculum and instruction at Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union, was one of two finalists for the position. The other candidate was Stephanie R. Phillips, senior director of the Burlington School District.  The appointment followed a visit to the school district Monday by the two finalists that included a tour of the district's four schools, informal meetings with staff, faculty and students, and community forums at Montpelier High School. The candidates were then interviewed by the School Board, followed by deliberations in executive session.  Bonesteel is in her fifth year serving Franklin Northwest Supervisory Union as its director of curriculum and instruction. She has experience as a consultant, adjunct professor, teacher development coordinator, co-principal, principal and teacher.  Bonesteel holds master’s degrees from Michigan State University and Teachers College-Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Hobart and William Smith colleges. She lives in Jericho.  Potential candidates for the position were identified in a search by a 13-member committee made up of staff, faculty, students and community members, as well as a consultant.  School board chairman Jim Murphy said he was "very excited" about Bonesteel's appointment as the first superintendent of the new unified school district. "I believe Libby has the commitment to excellence, dedication to meeting all our students needs, and understanding of our community's values that will allow her to be a very successful superintendent for our new district," Murphy said. Bonesteel said she and her family will remain in Jericho. Her husband, Jesse Cronin, is a brewer, and their two children, Jake, 10, and Lena, 7, attend Jericho Elementary School.   The search for a new superintendent followed the unexpected departure of Brian Ricca after seven years with the school district.  stephen.mills@timesargus.com 

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