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Old Greenwich School Principal Accepts Position In Ridgefield

Old Greenwich School Principal Patricia E. Raneri has accepted a position as Principal of East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield.
Old Greenwich School Principal Patricia E. Raneri has accepted a position as Principal of East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Contributed

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- Old Greenwich School Principal Patricia E. Raneri has accepted a position as principal of East Ridge Middle School in Ridgefield effective July 1.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working at Old Greenwich School. It was certainly a difficult decision to leave because it has truly been an honor and a privilege to grow up with the children and families of such a lovely community. I was fortunate to work with a group of very dedicated teachers and administrators who inspired me to grow professionally during my ten years with the school. I will leave with fond memories, especially those of my interactions with our smiling children," she said.

Raneri has been with the Greenwich Public Schools as principal of Old Greenwich School for 10 years, since 2006.

In that time, she has introduced a number of school climate initiatives at the school, including a student ambassadors program and piloting Pathways to Empower - a program designed to foster resiliency mindsets, the announcement said.

She led the implementation of Instructional and School Data Teams, and the introduction of the District’s 1:1 Digital Learning Environment at the school. She is a master of data analysis using it to inform classroom instruction and school improvement efforts, said the release.

Raneri has also been a strong supporter of teacher leadership development at the school, capitalizing on the tremendously talented staff at Old Greenwich to take on special projects in support of student learning.

She currently serves as a District Network Co-Facilitator acting as liaison with district administrators on behalf of all principals and mentoring principals new to the district and/or their position.

Prior to serving as principal of Old Greenwich School from 2006 to 2016, Raneri was vice principal at Bedford Middle School in Westport for six years.

The search for an interim principal for Old Greenwich School in the new school year will begin immediately.

The search for a new permanent principal will begin at the start of the hiring season for 2017.

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