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Nixon Elementary School Principal Announces Retirement

Superintendent of Schools Anne Wilson sent out a letter to Nixon parents earlier this week.

Principal Joni Jay announced her retirement. (File Photo)
Principal Joni Jay announced her retirement. (File Photo)
Superintendent of Schools Anne Wilson confirmed earlier this week in a letter to parents that General John Nixon Elementary School principal Joni Jay announced her retirement effective at the end of this school year.

"I am sorry to see Joni leave us but I am very happy for her as she takes this next step in her life's journey," Wilson told parents in the letter. "Joni, along with the Nixon team, has worked hard during her time in Sudbury and her leadership has contributed greatly to the success of Nixon school. I wish her the best as she retires and relocates to be closer to her extended family."

In addition, Wilson said in the letter that she plans to work with the community as Sudbury Public Schools looks to replace Jay.

Wilson scheduled two parent forums that will allow residents to give their input on what they hope to see in the school's next principal.

The first forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, from 7-8 p.m. inside Nixon. The next session is slated for Thursday, March 6, at 9:15 a.m. during the regularly scheduled PTO meeting.

The superintendent said there will be additional opportunities for parents to take part in the process during the initial interview and finalist stages of the search.

"I look forward to meeting with you and hearing your thoughts regarding the desirable characteristics of the next principal at Nixon," said Wilson in her letter to parents. "We will work together to identify a strong candidate to join the Nixon family."
nixonMUMMA April 11, 2014 at 01:09 PM
I have not heard who else interviewed. I could dig around and inquire but I suppose at this point it doesn't matter and we should collectively focus on the interim person and the Sept 2015 new hire. I love Jen Faber too, as a teacher she was beyond excellent. [We really don't know how she would be as a principal, but I'm guessing she'd be great.] Well, if she becomes a new principal in Framingham, then it may be safe to assume (though not guaranteed) that she was the "other finalist who accepted a position in their current district". By the way, Scott Nassa, school committee member, was at the parent meeting with Karen Tower. He must have given some feedback along with teachers, parents, and children.
nixonparent April 11, 2014 at 07:23 PM
You are funny John! I was hoping Mrs. Faber would get the job-she was FANTASTIC at both a teacher and a leader at that school. We actually had her when she was running her classroom and interning for Mrs Jay at the same time & did not miss a beat! Of course her being so good is probably why she wasn't chosen and Mrs Wilson chose someone that nobody at the school liked. To Mrs Wilson's credit, at least she listened and didn't end up hiring Dwyer-Tower, because I did not think she was good at all.
sudburyleagueofwomenvoterssupporter April 11, 2014 at 08:37 PM
I am just thrilled that are voices were actually heard on this! Now we just need to do a better job of finding stronger candidates to come to our town!
Matt Schooley April 12, 2014 at 12:32 AM
Thanks everyone for weighing in on the Nixon search. I had been trying the last few days to get the information on record from the superintendent and was able to today. So I will have a story over the weekend for others who may not have heard the news on the principal search. Have a great weekend everyone!

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