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Principal Of Thompson Brook School In Avon Named New Principal Of Avon High School

Hartford Courant 2018-08-10 00:10:00

Superintendent Bridget Heston Carnemolla announced Wednesday that the district has chosen Michael Renkawitz as the new principal of Avon High School.

Renkawitz served for the past 5 years as principal of the town’s Thompson Brook School. Before that he worked as a sixth-grade teacher and as principal at both West Hartford’s King Philip Middle School and Ware Middle School in Massachusetts.

After spending time at Avon High, speaking to faculty, staff, students, parents and community members, as well as reviewing the input collected from the entire community during the previous search for a principal last year, it was clear that Renkawitz was the right fit to lead the school, Carnemolla said in a statement.

Carnemolla said Renkawitz had many skills that appealed to the district as they weeded through the candidates from their nationwide search.

“With his administrative experience, both inside and outside of Avon, he possesses the skills to create a positive culture of stability and to engage all Avon High School stakeholders in realizing our common vision of an excellent educational experience for all of our children,” she said.

Board of education chair Debra Chute said Renkawitz is a “committed and talented member” of the district.

In addition to holding two master’s degrees in business and teaching, Renkawitz served four years in the U.S. Army.

“While I have thoroughly enjoyed the students, staff and families during my time at Thompson Brook, I am honored to begin a new chapter in my career at Avon High School,” Renkawitz said in a statement. “I look forward to the opportunities and the new experiences that being our high school principal will bring.”

Carnemolla said a search would begin shortly to fill Renkawitz’s vacant position at Thompson Brook. Rita Peretto, who retired recently as assistant principal at the school, will serve as interim principal.

“TBS will be ready to open. It is an experienced staff that knows what is expected and is committed to meeting the needs of the students. The office staff and custodians have, once again, worked diligently throughout the summer to put everything in place,” Carnemolla said. “We expect a smooth start to the school year.”