Region 15 Superintendent of Schools Regina L. Botsford appointed Richard Gusenburg as Interim Principal of Long Meadow Elementary School (LMES) for a term from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
Gusenburg replaces Christopher Moretti who has served as Principal of Long Meadow with distinction since 2009. Moretti recently accepted a position as Principal of Hawley Elementary School in Newtown.
“Chris and I share a similar philosophy on education and how to run a school. The transition went smoothly and I look forward to continuing the good things that he instituted,” said Gusenburg.
Gusenburg has spent thirty years of his distinguished career in Region 15, eleven of them as the first Principal of LMES. Together with many of the current staff members, Gusenburg was instrumental in laying the groundwork that would establish LMES as the student-centered school that it is today. He is looking forward to working with the teachers and staff during this interim period and continuing to grow the work that has been accomplished in the five years since his retirement.
“I have great confidence in and great appreciation of the school staff’s capacity to work collaboratively with each other and with Rich to continue to provide the excellence in education that is the hallmark of LMES,” said Botsford.
Most recently, Gusenburg has been an executive coach and professional development trainer for Connecticut Association of Schools and LEAD Connecticut, supporting the leadership needs of school districts and of current and aspiring superintendents, central office leaders, principals, and assistant principals.
The LMES Principal search process was thorough and well-designed, and the committee did an excellent job of screening candidates. Unfortunately, however, the search did not return a candidate who was ready to be successful as LMES Principal at this time. Another search will be conducted in the 2014-2015 school year, with the target of appointing the next Principal of LMES, effective July 1, 2015.
Gusenburg who hired many of the staff and oversaw the school’s construction in the late 1990s saw the chance to return to LMES as interim principal as unique.
“Coming back to Long Meadow is exciting for me and was too good an opportunity to pass up. I guess you really can come home again!” he said.
Long Meadow Elementary School serves approximately 550 Southbury and Middlebury students, including youngsters enrolled in a pre-Kindergarten program.