Changing of the Guard at Fitchburg’s Reingold School

November 8, 2018

Reingold Elementary School Principal Martha Clark gets the attention of students ahead of the Red and Gray Day pep rally last November. SENTINEL & ENTERPRISE file photo Sentinel and Enterprise staff photos can be ordered by visiting our SmugMug site.

By Amanda Burke

aburke@sentinel andenterprise.com

FITCHBURG -- Martha Clark stepped down as principal of Reingold Elementary School on Tuesday, citing increasing family responsibilities, and moved back into the assistant principal job she had before she received a promotion in 2015, according to a letter sent to parents.

Clark said in the letter that she requested the reassignment because her “personal family dynamic has changed.” Clark and her husband, Cliff Clark, who is the city editor of the Sentinel & Enterprise, are in the process of adopting their foster son.

“This decision is best for my family and I am very fortunate that the district is allowing me to move positions so I can put more time and energy into my growing family,” Martha Clark wrote.

Acting Superintendent Robert Jokela said in an email sent to staff on Tuesday that Martha Clark is now an assistant principal at Memorial Middle School.

Clark said in her letter that she met with Jokela in October and asked to be moved into an Assistant Principal position within the district.

Filling Clark’s position is Crocker Elementary School Principal Adam Renda, according to Jokela.

Renda’s move prompted a shake-up at Crocker Elementary School. Assistant Principal Casey Beaulac was promoted to interim principal of the school, he said, and Counseling Coordinator Christine Trainor-Girard assumed the role of interim assistant principal.

“These moves will assist both schools as we work together to improve academic outcomes at both Reingold and Memorial,” Jokela wrote.

Clark served as an assistant principal of Memorial Middle School from 2014 to 2015. Former Superintendent Andre Ravenelle hired her to replace former Reingold Principal Kathy Brady, who retired after six years on the job.

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