Interim principal position will be filled in Phoenicia

By Jay Braman Jr.
After several weeks of being in charge at the Phoenicia Elementary School following the suspension of Principal Linda Sella, the district’s superintendant now says that an interim principal must hired to manage the Phoenicia school through to the end of the year.

Sella, principal of the Phoenicia Elementary School since 201, was placed on administrative leave in mid-February.

Parents and guardians were informed of the matter via a letter sent home by District Superintendent Phyllis McGill, who at the time had no comment on the matter, stating that it was a personnel issue.

In the terse written statement to parents, McGill informed that Sella was placed on leave “for the next few days” and that McGill would keep the school community informed about any changes.
McGill herself would be in charge at the Phoenicia School. At first, she said in February, there were no plans to install a temporary principal.
But things have changed.

Last week McGill sent another letter to parents and guardians stating the board of education has now authorized the recruitment of an interim principal to serve for the remainder of the school year, which ends on June 21.

“It is hoped that a candidate can be appointed and start before the end of the month,” McGill wrote.

Not offering details
As she did in February, McGill continues to refuse to release any details of Sella’s suspension. “While we realize that people still have questions about this change, we ask everyone to understand that the district is not permitted to share details related to any confidential personnel matters,” McGill stated in the letter. “We are legally bound to abide by this structure and appreciate your understanding.”

The school board authorized McGill to handle the hiring. McGill said she had already interviewed candidates, but has not yet made any decision.