The district has hired Matthew Slattery to head the elementary school, spanning grades kindergarten through six; he will vacate his post as principal of Beekmantown Elementary School on March 1 and join PCSD on March 4.
Though Slattery is a new hire, his employment is not an additional expense to the district; he will step into the shoes of Scott Osborne, who left his post as principal of Peru Primary School in fall 2012.
Since then, Peter Atchinson has been acting as interim principal of the Primary School and will step down on March 1.
The reorganization also calls for Sanford Coakley, now Peru High School dean of students, to become the Elementary School’s associate principal.
In addition, Brimstein said, there has been some discussion about giving the Secondary School the name “Peru Academy.”
In a separate interview, he told the Press-Republican the Student Council is in the process of creating an online survey to allow people to weigh in on what the name will be — they will be able to chose from a selection of names for the school or write in their own suggestions.
“Whatever consensus seems to be, we’re going to name it that,” he said.
He anticipated the survey would be available to the public on the school’s website, perucsd.org/secondary soon.
District residents and employees at the session also expressed concerns before the vote that the school community was not part of the decision to reorganize.
Julie Dynko, a first-grade teacher and Peru Central parent and taxpayer, told the board she had never seen such low morale among the school’s employees.
“Major decisions have been made with seemingly no thought as to how those decisions with affect those who work here,” she said. “Communication is severely lacking.”
For example, she said, she had not been informed that the district was considering hiring Slattery until earlier that day.