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Middle School Principal Leaving; School Will Not Hire A New Principal

The McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School instead of hiring a new principal will hire instead two instructional coaches as part of its expeditionary model.

Christa McAuliffe Regional Charter Public School Executive Director Kristin Harrison announced Monday that Principal Deborah Langlois will be leaving the Framingham-based charter school at the end of the school year. Several dozen students from Holliston and Hopkinton attend the school.

Langlois is seeking other opportunities, and the community wishes her the best on her future endeavors, said Harrison in an email to parents. This was her second year as principal.

Rather than search for a single principal to lead the school’s instructional program, McAuliffe instead will be hiring two "Instructional Coaches," said Harrison.

The Instructional Coaches, typical school leader roles in Expeditionary Learning schools, will work closely to engage all teachers in professional growth, to support curriculum development, assessment and instruction, said Harrison.

Responsibilities held by a traditional principal (school routines, procedures, and discipline) will continue to be led by other school leaders including the Dean of Culture and the Executive Director (Harrison).

McAuliffe’s Board of Trustees believe that this leadership structure will guide the school to effectively implement its long-term goal to become a nationally recognized Expeditionary Learning school, said Harrison in a press release.

Founded in 2002, the Framingham-based middle school is a free regional public charter school focusing on "Expeditionary Learning." 

The regional school district includes the communities of Framingham, Natick, Ashland, Sudbury, Southborough, Marborough, Hopkinton and Holliston.

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