West Tisbury fourth grade teacher Mary Boyd has been selected to take the post of interim assistant principal at the West Tisbury School this fall.
In announcing the appointment this week, Vineyard schools superintendent Dr. James H. Weiss singled out Ms. Boyd for her skills as a responsive classroom trainer, a member of the curriculum, instruction and assessment leadership team and a lifelong Chilmark resident. She will work with West Tisbury principal Michael Halt.
The temporary appointment is one in a string of staffing changes spurred by the departure of longtime director of student services Dan Seklecki. Lynn Silva, a Maine educator hired after two extensive searches, resigned four days after taking the job on July 1.
West Tisbury assistant principal Donna Lowell-Bettencourt was named to fill Mr. Secklecki’s position on an interim basis until the school district resumes its search for a new student services director in the spring.
Ms. Boyd, who has been at the school since 2001, will not continue to teach this year while she takes on her administrative responsibilities. Ms. Boyd said she is in the process of completing her certification, and looks forward to stepping up in her new role. “It’s very much in line with a lot of what I’ve been doing,” she said.