Joshua Eaton Principal Search Update

The following message is from Superintendent of Schools, John Doherty.

Good afternoon,

I hope all is well.  We would like to update you on the Joshua Eaton Principal Search.

Ryan Eckart , as you know, was a finalist for the position of principal,  and shortly after last week’s community forum was offered the position.  Unfortunately, we have learned that Mr. Eckart has decided to decline the position due to family and professional reasons.

We have determined that starting a new search process this late in the school year would not be productive and that our best option would be instead to appoint an existing elementary principal from within our district, who is able to begin transitioning immediately and who already has a thorough understanding of our elementary schools.  Therefore, the Reading Public Schools is pleased to announce that Eric Sprung will serve as the Principal of the Joshua Eaton Elementary School for the 2015-16 school year.

Mr. Sprung has served as principal at Birch Meadow Elementary School for the last seven years and will continue as lead principal of the school for 2015-2016.  During this interim, however, an Associate Principal will be appointed to Birch Meadow for 2015-2016, who will work under the direction of Mr. Sprung and oversee the day to day operations of the school.  The process for appointing the Birch Meadow Associate Principal will begin immediately, and we hope to make that announcement within the next couple of weeks.

As part of the transition process, Mr. Sprung will be reaching out to the Eaton Community immediately and begin meeting with teachers and parents prior to his official start on July 1st.  Over the next few days, you will be receiving some communication from Mr. Sprung regarding his appointment.

We intend to initiate a full search for the Joshua Eaton Principal position next February for the 2016-2017 school year.  Mr. Sprung will then return to his role as Birch Meadow Principal for 2016-2017.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


John F. Doherty

Superintendent of Schools

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