It is my pleasure to welcome all of our students, families, and staff back to another year of learning and growth in the Lenox Public Schools.
Morris Elementary will start the year with a new principal, Mr. Peter Bachli, and a student enrollment of 316 students in grades PreK through 5. Mr. Bachli comes to Lenox from the Adams-Cheshire Regional School District where he has been principal at Cheshire Elementary for the last 8 years. Peter takes over our blue-ribbon elementary school from Ms. Boyce, who took another position in the eastern part of the state over the summer. Other new faces at Morris include Kyle Betters, 5th grade teacher, Lindsay Osterhoudt, math specialist, and Cherilyn Zaretsky, our new guidance counselor. Noreen Hoag and Gina Gauchione will join the paraprofessional support team and Susan Love joins the staff as a Title I Interventionist. Another change at Morris this year is the addition of a section of PreK and the reduction of a Kindergarten section. This change is a result of some changing enrollment and needs amongst our youngest students.
Lenox Memorial Middle and High School will start the year with a few more students than last year, 454 in total, and LMMHS will also experience some changes in staff for the coming year. Former Morris faculty member Mary Cherry is in a new position: middle school math interventionist and Mary Sorrentino is the seventh grade math teacher. Joining our nationally-recognized middle and high school from outside the district are Janine Cote, HS math teacher, Ryan Evangelisto, special education teacher and Scott Wade, HS English Teacher. Technology and engineering teacher Matt Cote is returning from a leave of absence, and joining our support staff is Nicole Brooks, a special education paraprofessional. I am also pleased to announce that Ms. Jennifer Drees will be joining our district as school nurse, overseeing the school health offices at both Lenox schools.
As we start another school year, I’d like to offer a special thanks to our technology team of Mike Jackson and Tim Lufkin. They’ve worked hard all summer to upgrade our technology and equip our schools for the return of students and staff. I’d also like to thank our custodians at both sites who have delivered immaculate buildings and grounds while working around summer building users and small construction projects.
I wish you all a successful school year!