New Lebanon principal to retire in June
GREENWICH — New Lebanon School Principal Barbara Riccio, who has worked in the Greenwich Public Schools for 25 years, announced her retirement effective June 30.
An educator for more than 35 years, Riccio spent the majority of her career with the Greenwich Public Schools, and has served as the principal of New Lebanon since 2011.
“My 25 years as a member of the Greenwich Public Schools’ community have enriched my professional, personal and philosophical views as an educator and as a person,” Riccio said in a statement released Friday. “The strong relationships I have developed with colleagues, students and families will remain in my heart long after my service to Greenwich is complete. My proudest accomplishment has been working with this engaged community of parents, educators, and students to complete the new facility construction and move in to the new, New Lebanon School. This outstanding building will serve these fine families for generations to come.”
The school district praised Riccio for developing a strong professional culture in which learning opportunities are aligned to ensure that the children at New Lebanon School are able to learn and demonstrate the capacities of the Vision of the Graduate.
Riccio led her school community through a rigorous self-evaluation of their theme of International Baccalaureate. This process took over a year and engaged many members of the community. Riccio just received notice from the Director of IB World Schools that they have been successfully reauthorized as a IB magnet school.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Barbara Riccio for many years; the dedication that she has demonstrated to the children of our school district is nothing short of outstanding,” Interim Superintendent of Public Schools Ralph Mayo said in a statement. “I especially appreciate her work as the Principal of New Lebanon School. Barbara has worked hard to develop a culture of collaboration with students, staff and parents.
“The students of her school are challenged each day in a highly positive manner by her instructional staff,” he continued. “Barbara and her staff should also be commended for their support for and patience with the construction of a new New Lebanon School. The positive climate Barbara has established will be enhanced as she opens our newest elementary school in February. Barbara should be congratulated for her efforts and on behalf of the Greenwich Board of Education, we wish her a very long and happy retirement.”