NEWS ALERT: Weston principal on leave due to certification lapse

Joanne Genovese

Joanna Genovese

Hurlbutt Elementary School Principal Joanna Genovese has been placed on leave due to a lapse in her State of Connecticut Administrator Certification.

According to a press release from Lewis Brey, director of human resources for the Weston school district, the schools were notified on Thursday, Sept. 13, that Ms. Genovese does not currently hold all of the required credentials to continue to serve as principal of Hurlbutt Elementary School.  Ms. Genovese was then placed on paid administrative leave pending further investigation.

According to Mr. Brey, Ms. Genovese’s administrator certification expired on Aug. 12, 2012. While she applied to renew her certification prior to the expiration date, she was notified by the State Department of Education on or about Aug. 23, that her application was missing required credentials. Ms. Genovese does not currently possess those credentials.

On Sept. 13,  Ms. Genovese notified the district of the situation, and she was immediately placed on paid administrative leave, Mr. Brey said. On Sept. 14, the Department of Education confirmed to Superintendent Colleen Palmer that Ms. Genovese could not continue to serve as principal of Hurlbutt Elementary School.

Kenneth G. Craw, assistant superintendent, will be the temporary interim principal at Hurlbutt. Kimberly Kus, assistant principal of Hurlbutt, will continue in her role.

According to the release, Dr. Palmer and Dr. Craw will be holding an informational meeting for parents and guardians of Hurlbutt Elementary School students in the near future. At this meeting, Dr. Palmer and Dr. Craw will provide an update regarding the leadership of Hurlbutt Elementary School. The location and time of the meeting will be announced next week.

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