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February 17, 2013

New Peru Elementary principal brings experience

PERU — Matthew Slattery will soon step down as Beekmantown Elementary principal to join the administrative team of the Peru Central School District.

Beginning March 4, he will head Peru Elementary School, which three days earlier will have been formed by the merger of Intermediate and Primary schools. 

“I’m very excited about this new opportunity with the Peru Central School District,” Slattery told the Press-Republican. 

The move is part of a district-wide reorganization at Peru Central, which also calls for the merging of the Middle and High schools to form Peru Secondary School, as well as a shift of administrative responsibilities. 

Current Peru Intermediate School Principal Scott Storms will take over as director of the district’s new K-12 Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Professional Development on March 1, and Peru Interim Primary School Principal Peter Atchinson will step down.

‘SUPPORTIVE DESIGN’

Slattery, for whom the Peru School Board recently approved a three-year probationary appointment at an annual salary of $90,000, said the district’s decision to align its kindergarten-through-grade-six program was appealing to him, as he feels it will have a positive impact on students’ educations.

“I believe this design is supportive of the maximum growth of all students, academically and socially,” he said. 

Before his appointment, Slattery was interviewed by Peru Central teachers, parents, board members and administrators.

The district’s community members, he said, came across as a caring group, dedicated to the school’s students, while the administrators seemed very forward thinking and appeared to work well together with the best interest of kids in mind. 

‘A GREAT FIT’

In addition, Slattery said, the School Board seemed very supportive and understanding of the

importance of the school community, as well as aware of the fiscal dilemmas schools are presently facing.  

He added that he looks forward to working with the talented Peru Central community and doing what’s best for the students.  

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