Brewster - The tenure of Stony Brook Elementary School Principal Mary Patricia Allen will come to an end June 30th, according to an email sent to parents by Nauset Superintendent of Schools Thomas Conrad. Ms. Allen has been at the school for one year.
The superintendent wrote, "It's been a difficult, challenging year at Stony Brook Elementary School on a number of fronts."
Conrad's message reports that Assistant Superintendent Keith Gauley will serve as interim principal until a successor is selected. Mr. Gauley served in a similar capacity while Ms. Allen was on administrative leave last autumn after she was accused of breaking and entering at an ex-boyfriend's home. She was accused to stealing sex toys and a book. The charges were dismissed and court records indicated she was ordered to pay $350 in restitution to a Belchertown woman. She was returned to duty by Superintendent Conrad when the charges were dismissed.
Following her reinstatement the superintendent told parents in a letter that he was confident "she continues to be a viable leader of the school."
Then, in March, any superintendent and principal's worst nightmare came true. Technology teacher Noah Campbell-Halley was arrested and charged with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, two counts of rape of a child and one count of witness intimidation." Campbell-Halley's case is still under way and he is bailed to his father's home in Winchendon with multiple restrictions and GPS monitoring. Campbell-Halley had worked at the school for several years and was hired before Ms. Allen was principal or Mr. Conrad was superintendent.
In his statement, Conrad said that the district "is looking for a new approach toward leadership at Stony Brook in the coming year. The education and physical and emotional safety of our students continues to be our highest priority."
Mr. Conrad has not disclosed the terms of Ms. Allen's separation from the district. His message states that her contract will not be extended into the coming school year. A copy of her contract obtained by CCToday several months ago indicates she had a two-year contract that expires in June 2019. "We wish Ms. Allen the best moving forward in whatever path she pursues," wrote the superintendent.
The district will now commence the search process for a new principal.