Colleen Murray, former principal at Turkey Hill and most recently was Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Orange Schools, submitted her resignation to the Board of Education at its September meeting. Murray has accepted a position as Superintendent of Bethany Schools.
Chairman of the Board of Education Bill Kraut spoke fondly of Murray at the meeting, noting that he met her nine and a half years ago when she started at Turkey Hill. “I’ve worked with her through the father’s club at Turkey Hill and then at the board level, and there are two things about Colleen that I’d like to say: she will always give 100% to her job and to her kids, as she would call them, and I was always very impressed with that and how she was ‘all in’ all of the time.”
He continued, “The one thing that impressed me most about Colleen, and this was when she was at Turkey Hill as I was there with my daughter, was her absolute love and passion for the children in the district. I think that Mrs. Murray got into the business for the right reasons and she will remain in the business for all of the right reasons. Bethany is a better district today than they were yesterday because they hired Colleen Murray.”
Board vice chair, Jody Dietch also shared her experience with Murray, “I met Colleen when I was on a principal search committee for Mike Gray and I’ve gotten to know her very well over the years. I congratulate Bethany. They made a very smart hire and I think Orange is losing a very strong member of our administrative team and I don’t really believe that this community understands her impact, and they won’t know it until she’s gone and we feel her loss. She will be greatly missed and I wish her the best.”
Her last day in Orange will be October 23. In her notification to the Board of Education, Murray said, “It is with mixed emotions that I submit this letter of resignation from my position as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Orange Elementary School System effective September 18, 2015. I am excited and honored to have been offered the position of Superintendent of Schools in the neighboring town of Bethany.
“During my tenure in Orange, as the Turkey Hill School Principal (6 years), Mary L. Tracy Principal (2 years), and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction (3+ years), I have had the distinct pleasure of working alongside a very talented and committed administrative team,” Murray said. “I have enjoyed working collaboratively with OESS teachers to plan for high quality teaching and learning, which most recently resulted in exemplary student achievement. I am thankful for the partnerships I’ve created and sustained with parents and the community, and most importantly, I am grateful for the opportunity to have served the children of Orange, a job that I took seriously and delivered with the utmost passion and dedication.”
She concluded, “I am extremely proud of the work that I have accomplished here in Orange and hope that you continue to keep children at the center of all you do.”
Superintendent of Schools Vincent Scarpetti told Orange Town News that he and the board would address filling the position soon and would be considering options.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent