A rocky school year in Brewster got a new surprise when Superintendent Valerie Henning-Piedmonte announced plans to leave the district at the end of the next school year.
The Brewster Board of Education accepted Henning-Piedmonte’s resignation effective July 31, 2019.
Henning-Piedmonte has been in education for 25 years.
She came to the Brewster district during the 2013-2014 year as assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment and was promoted to deputy superintendent.
In August 2016, Henning-Piedmonte was appointed by the school board as the district's superintendent.
Opposition against her mounted this year when it was disclosed that Henning-Piedmonte was paid $4,923 for five unused vacation days, as reported here by Daily Voice.
The next day, Henning-Piedmonte announced she would return the vacation pay and that she and other school administrators would freeze their salaries and contribute more to their health insurance.
During Henning-Piedmonte's tenure, the school district implemented a strategic coherence plan -- a 21st century blueprint for the school system, adopted the Teachers College Reading and Writing Workshop in grades K-5 as the ELA curriculum and the Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum, and implemented one-on-one chromebooks.
The embattled superintendent also oversaw completion of a $39 million construction project and helped create the Brewster Community Learning Center.
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