SOMERS, N.Y. - Parents of students at Somers High School have recently received a letter from school Principal Irene Perrella, explaining she plans to retire at the end of August 2012.
“While I will miss the fine staff and the wonderful students and families of Somers, I am confident that the next principal will continue the good work that has been accomplished and chart a new course for the future, taking what has always been our fundamental belief that all students can learn and bringing Somers High School even further forward in excellence,” she wrote in her note to parents.
Perrella earned a degree in Science Education from Cornell University and began her career in 1972 as a biology teacher in Copley, Ohio. In 2000, she came to Somers High School as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. She was appointed Principal in 2006.
Although Perrella has no immediate plans, one of her retirement goals is to satisfy dream to visit the Galapagos Islands.
The search is on for a new principal. Scott Persampieri, spoke on behalf of the district. “We are at the very beginning of an exhaustive search process that will include several steps and a variety of constituents including students, teachers, administrators and parents," he wrote. The district has set an April deadline for submissions by possible candidates.