FDR High principal stepping down

FDR High School Principal Barbara Marrine is stepping down from that position to take over as the school district’s Director of Fine and Performing Arts.

Superintendent Greer Rychcik announced the change at the April 24 Board of Education meeting, saying Marrine showed interest in the position after the upcoming retirement of the current director, Paul Scatenato, was announced earlier in the month.

Before taking on the role of FDR principal eight years ago, Marrine had been the fine arts director. According to Rychcik, Marrine took on the FDR High leadership role at the last minute, after the principal there left for another job a month before the school year started.

“During that time period, the high school was pretty much a mess when [Marrine] took over, as far as some of the structures, discipline, programs, and systems, and she really worked hard to turn that ship around and it’s certainly turned around and headed in the right direction,” Rychcik told the board.

Marrine told the Observer the decision to switch jobs was not an easy one.

“I have dedicated the past eight years of my life to making FDR a better place and have thoroughly enjoyed working with the FDR faculty, staff, students and families. I chose to step down from this position to spend more time with my family and my church,” she said. “I am very thankful to the district for giving me the opportunity to work again with the wonderful people in the fine and performing arts department. I look forward to the coming years.”

The board unanimously approved both Marrine’s resignation and appointment, which will become effective on July 1. Rychcik said the district will now advertise and search for a new high school principal.

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