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CFHS principal resigns

March 25, 2011

Central Falls High School Principal Sonn Sam has left the school, citing family and personal reasons. In a written statement, district officials thanked Sam for his help with their effort to turn around the school, which has been named one of the lowest performing in the state.

“We wish Mr. Sam and his family well and want to thank Sonn for his important contributions to our transformation effort,” said Deputy Superintendent for Transformation Victor Capellan. “We are mindful that the transformation work must continue and know that this restructuring will allow us to continue on our path, without disrupting the progress that has already been made.”

Central Falls school officials say Sam’s Co-Principal Evelyn Jones will remain in her post, though some restructuring of the administrative staff is likely. At this point, they are not talking about hiring a new co-principal.

One staff member described the faculty’s response as “relieved.” The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, said Sam was escorted out of the school building several weeks ago, and faculty were informed of his resignation this morning.

Update: Central Falls officials say this account of Sam’s departure is patently untrue. They say Sam was never escorted from the building, and left of his own accord to handle a serious family crisis. Sam has been on leave for a little more than a month. District officials say his departure has nothing to do with job performance.

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  1. teacher5 permalink
    March 26, 2011 7:19 pm

    The motto of the Central Falls School District is honesty, integrity and transparency. But the actions speak louder than the words.

    Many questions remain about Mr. Sam’s departure and there are still unanswered concerns about his tenure.

    The facts are these:

    His office was emptied over 4 weeks ago.
    His name was removed from internal memos over 3 weeks ago.
    And Patricia Martinez was hired at about the same time.

    It is also true a family member of his is seriously sick and all of us are extremely sympathetic to Mr. Sam and his family.

    But it is also true that the faculty remained disappointed in his integrity and in his ability to lead and were openly questioning his ability to manage.

    Questions remain… and that’s the problem.

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