SAU #39: Thomas Lecklider Hired as Principal of Mont Vernon Village School

      MONT VERNON – August 5, 2021 –Superintendent of Schools Adam Steel and Mont Vernon School Board chair Sarah Lawrence are pleased to announce the hiring of Thomas Lecklider to the position of Principal of the Mont Vernon Village School. He has been hired with a two-year contract that will automatically be extended by an additional two years after a positive performance review in the spring of 2022. His starting salary is $120,000.

      Mr. Lecklider has been the principal of Litchfield Middle School for the past 16 years and brings over 20 years of administrative experience to Mont Vernon.

      Superintendent Adam Steel: “Tom is a highly experienced instructional leader. Mont Vernon is a special community deserving of a special leader, especially after turnover the past few years. As a former colleague of Tom’s and someone who has stayed in touch over the past 20 years, I am confident Tom is exactly what the Mont Vernon community wants in a leader and what the school needs in a principal.”

      Thomas Lecklider: “I am humbled and honored to be the new principal of Mont Vernon Village School. Throughout the entire interview process, it was the student-first mindset, incredible strength of the MVVS community, and outstanding skill of the staff team that resonated with me. I look forward to building on and supporting the team and continuing a strong partnership with the Mont Vernon community to keep moving MVVS forward as an outstanding learning community. There is a strong and unique sense of unwavering pride and spirit in the town of Mont Vernon and the Mont Vernon Village School that is exciting to be part of.

      I will dearly miss the community of Litchfield and Litchfield Middle School after 21+ years in the Litchfield School District. It has been an honor and privilege to have the opportunity to serve the families and students of this community. During my time with the District, I have built incredibly strong relationships with staff, community members, and families. It is these bonds that I will miss most.”

      School Board Chair Sarah Lawrence: “Tom’s passion for education lights up the room. His proven success as a Principal and leader in his previous districts is impressive and exactly what we were looking for at MVVS. I’m looking forward to our school and community welcoming Tom and am excited to see his energy and expertise further our mission to engage, challenge and support all learners.”

      Teacher Zak Blake: “The Mont Vernon Village School faculty and staff would like to welcome Mr. Lecklider to the Mont Vernon community! Understanding that Mr. Lecklider is a dedicated educator with a student-centered approach, the faculty and staff are excited for leadership that will promote collaboration and teamwork in pursuit of a common goal: to educate and support the students and families of the Mont Vernon community.”

      Community member Bonnie Angulas: “Thank you for the opportunity to represent the community in the MVVS Principal selection process. Tom Lecklider stood out in his interview not only as an experienced educator, but an award winning principal with leaderships skills, and a collaborative personality. I’m confident he will be a good fit for the students, staff, and community. I look forward to working with him in the near future.            Welcome to Mont Vernon Tom!”

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