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John Marshall Principal Leaving for South Country School District

Thu, 10/01/2020 - 18:45
Beth Doyle on the first day of school in 2014.
Carissa Katz

Beth Doyle, who has served as principal of the John M. Marshall Elementary School for more than seven years, has resigned to accept an assistant superintendent position in the South Country School District.

Her last day in the East Hampton School District will be Oct. 30. The school board of the South Country district, which serves the Bellport, Brookhaven, Yaphank, and Medford areas, formally appointed Ms. Doyle on Sept. 29. After giving her a round of applause, the East Hampton School Board formally accepted Ms. Doyle's resignation at its board meeting on Tuesday.

John Marshall "will always have a special place in my heart," she said in an email to The Star on Sept. 30. "My daughter goes there, for goodness sake! There is a dedicated team of professionals there that I was grateful to work with each day. I will miss the staff, families, and, most especially, the students."

Ms. Doyle, whose husband, Michael Guinan, is an assistant principal at Pierson Middle and High School in Sag Harbor, said she feels the school "is in a good place" and that it is an okay time to leave.

After two cases of Covid-19 popped up in the school within one week, she dispelled a rumor that her departure was related to the virus.

"The district is working on a transition plan," Ms. Doyle said. Russell Morgan, the assistant principal, "is highly capable and I am confident in his leadership to see through a successful transition."

Richard Burns, East Hampton's superintendent, said by email on Tuesday that the administration and school board have not yet discussed finding Ms. Doyle's successor.

Ms. Doyle has been known for her wellness initiatives and for co-piloting the dual-language program in which kindergarten and first-grade students spend fully half their school day learning in Spanish.

"We wish Beth and her family well," J.P. Foster said on Sept. 30. "The elementary school has had many achievements under her leadership -- it's been a good run."

Ms. Doyle's move is one of several recent administrative shuffles locally. Robert Hagan, a longtime technology administrator in East Hampton, resigned last month to accept an assistant superintendent position closer to home. Christine Cleary was elevated from assistant principal to acting principal at the Springs School and Maria Mondini, a retired East Hampton High School assistant principal, stepped into the role of assistant principal at Springs on an interim basis. In Sag Harbor, Brittany Carriero was appointed Pierson's new principal, having previously been an assistant principal and then middle school principal.


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