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Stacy Rice appointed as the Kingdom East Director of Student Services.

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Announcement:​ Stacy Rice appointed as the Kingdom East Director of Student Services.

Date:​ February 24, 2020

Kingdom East School District is pleased to announce the hiring of Stacy Rice as the next Director of Student Services for the Kingdom East School District. Dr. Brian Carroll who currently serves in this position is retiring on June 30, 2020.

Ms. Rice has served as the principal of Burke Town School since 2011. During her time at Burke, Ms. Rice transformed the special education delivery model by increasing licensed professional staff and shifting resources with a cost-neutral approach to the budget. Her collaborative and data focused leadership helped shift Title I funding and resources available to students. During her tenure, there has been an increase in student learning and achievement for all students including those with learning disabilities and special needs. She has instituted both literacy and mathematics community events to build on the strengths of learners and increase capacity with families. She has provided proficiency based learning, family school partnerships, partnerships with the Tarrant Institute, and many more programs.

Prior to working at Burke Town School, Ms. Rice served as a teacher and teacher leader at Lyndon Town School. She has served as a principal mentor through the Vermont Principals Association, served on the math steering committee, and supervised and coordinated the district mentor and mentee program.

Ms. Rice received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington, and her masters in education at the University of Maine in Orono. She has completed various additional coursework through Lyndon State College (now Northern Vermont University) and most recently is part of the Margaret Waddington Center for Creative Learning Institute leadership program. She has specialized training in nonviolent crisis prevention and intervention, Life Space Crisis Intervention and Handle with Care de-escalation and restraint certification.

In addition Ms.Rice has volunteered with numerous local organizations including HOPE, Kingdom Trails, Lyndon Youth baseball and softball, Relay for Life, New England Mountain Bike, and various search committees in the school district and with the Vermont Principals Association.

In a recent email to faculty and staff at Burke, Kingdom East Superintendent of Schools, Jennifer Botzojorns said, ​“I want to offer my sincere congratulations to Stacy Rice for being nominated and appointed as the next Kingdom East Director of Student Services. She will be missed at Burke, however, we are all excited for her to take on a new role working in all schools.”

Ms. Botzojorns shared with the entire Kingdom East Faculty and Staff, “Ms Rice comes to her new position with on the ground experience working with all students. She understands the building based needs and brings with her the vision and long range planning for working district wide as a Director of Student Services. Our district is lucky to have someone of her caliber serving all of our schools and communities.

Ms Rice, reached at Burke Town School earlier this week shared, “I am fortunate to have spent my last nine years as the principal at the Burke Town School. It was a difficult decision to leave the students, staff and the Burke school community. I will miss working with them daily. The school community is amazing. The staff are the highest quality and put their hearts and souls into all children, their families and the community. I think about those 20 eighth grade students who will graduate in June, and realize I have known them since they were five or six years old entering the Burke Town School as kindergarteners!

“I am excited to start my new position as the Director of Student Services. Transitioning into a role where there was a significant amount of work done before me, I plan to continue that great work and continue to make improvements in order to advocate for all students. I am delighted that I have earned this opportunity to expand my leadership role and work with all of the school communities in the Kingdom East School District.”

The Kingdom East School District became effective on July 1, 2018 and serves eight communities including Burke, Concord, Lunenburg, Lyndon, Newark, Sutton, Sheffield, and Wheelock. Information is available on ​https://kingdomeast.org/​. The Director of Students Services provides vision, planning and oversight of all the special services in the Kingdom East School District including special education, psychological and all specialized student services. The Kingdom East School District will advertise and run a search to find a replacement for the principal at Burke Town School