Cresto and the MAU Board agreed to a mutual separation earlier this month. Cresto had one year remaining on her contract, and had already stated publicly her intent to move on to another opportunity at the conclusion of this current school year. In addition to her salary, Cresto will also continue to receive health and dental benefits, unless she becomes otherwise employed during the school year, at which point it will be the responsibility of her new employer to provide those benefits. The separation agreement required Cresto to submit an irrevocable letter of resignation on Aug. Cresto also signed a general release and covenant not to sue. The terms of this agreement are similar to those the SVSU has agreed to with administrators in the past.
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The MAU School Board made the announcement Wednesday after an executive session and voted to agree to the separation agreement, the details of which are not yet clear. Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Curriculum Director Laura Boudreau will fill the position in an interim capacity until a more permanent replacement fro Cresto can be found. The vote was not unanimous, with Shaftsbury representative Fran Kinney voting against.
The vote to appoint Boudreau was unanimous. Cresto have jointly agreed that the future path of Mount Anthony Union High School requires different leadership to move forward," said Superintendent Jim Culkeen in a prepared statement.
Cresto's leadership the past two years and her commitment to student achievement. We wish her well in her future endeavors. Cresto had previously announced that she would be leaving as principal at the end of the upcoming school year. Cresto was hired prior to the school year to replace retiring Principal Sue Maguire.
And that means making sure that they become powerful readers, writers, and mathematicians, but it also is vital that they become effective problem-solvers, effective decision-makers, and effective collaborators.
Cresto's term as principal began controversially when a group of teachers and community members raised concerns about the process that saw Cresto hired over the other finalist for the position, then-assistant principal Mike Molloy, who is still a teacher at the school. Prior to the meeting at which Cresto was introduced, an anonymous teacher from the school presented the board with a letter, in which the teacher described Cresto's hiring as breaking the staff's trust in the administration, and called it a personal attack on the school and everything that has been accomplished over the last several years.
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Cresto to leave MAUHS after 2018
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Former Mount Anthony principal to continue to receive salary, benefits
Late last week, the interim principal search committee selected one candidate, Glenda Cresto, as their finalist for the position of Cabot School Interim Principal. Glenda has been an educator for many years. She gained experience teaching theatre at the community college level and at the elementary level before landing a teaching position at a large regional high school in Massachusetts. There, she started the high school theatre program and taught courses in theatre, English, Cultural Anthropology, Early Childhood Education, and Public Speaking. She returned to graduate school at Harvard University, where she focused on school leadership, mentoring, and teacher training. Upon graduation, she continued to work with preservice and new teachers in the Boston Public Schools and at Harvard University. Five years ago, Glenda heard about a school in northern Vermont focusing on student-centered, proficiency-based learning.
Cresto out as MAUHS principal
Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union Superintendent Jim Culkeen confirmed that Cresto, "did submit a letter informing me of her intention to not extend her employment as MAUHS principal beyond her current contract, which ends on June 30, Her letter stated no reasons, however she did state in her letter that she looks forward to working with me in setting goals and priorities for the school year. Cresto did write in an email to the MAUHS staff that a, "new direction is emerging in my life," but did not clarify further. Cresto, who has not yet submitted a letter of resignation to the board, was not able to be reached for comment. She received her bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Denver in , and has master's degrees from Boston University and Harvard University, in theater education and teacher leadership, respectively. She then spent a year serving as principal of Amherst Regional Middle School, in Amherst, Massachusetts, before resigning in When she was introduced before the MAU board, Cresto said, "At the end of the day, as I'm heading home to have dinner and connect with my partner, I want to look back on every decision I made as empowering students to dream, and dream big, about his or her future.