Spotswood's Appleby Elementary School Principal Karen Boyle Retires

Longtime Appleby Elementary School Principal Karen Boyle retires after 15 years of service. Credits: Dawn Miller

SPOTSWOOD, NJ - The Spotswood Board of Education accepted the resignation of Appleby Elementary School Principal Karen Boyle last Tuesday. Boyle's retirement was a part of the agenda of the board meeting that included several personnel decisions. Her retirement will be effective as of Sept. 1.

A Spotswood Parent Teachers Association Facebook post on June 23 wished Boyle "enjoyment and relaxation" during her retirement from the Spotswood School District after many years of service and thanked her for always being a cheerleader and a supporter of their organization. Several comments from parents and teachers wished Boyle well as she enters the next chapter of her life.

Boyle has been the principal at the grades 2-5 elementary school since 2002. However, she began her career in the district in the late 1980s as a history teacher. In 2008, Boyle received the New Jersey Music Educators Association School Administrator Award, which is given to an administrator whose school embodies the arts through music education. Appleby students are afforded the opportunity to begin chorus in second grade, play the recorder in third grade and begin in the instrumental music program in fourth grade. Fifth graders take part in the annual spring drama production, which incorporates all the facets of musical education.

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Up until the Appleby Drama Club's April 2017 performance of "Annie Jr.," Boyle had a small part in each production. In the school's 2012 production of "Beauty and the Beast Jr.," Boyle played the part of the old woman who turns the prince into the beast when he fails to show her kindness.

Every holiday season, Boyle's office was turned into a magical place by some very creative elves. This past December, her office was transformed into Whoville, complete with Max, the Grinch and of course, Cindy Lou Who.

Boyle's retirement will be the eighth in the district for the 2016-17 school year. Six educators retired from the Spotswood School District at the conclusion of the school year in June and one, Tony Toto, ended his longtime career prior to the winter break.

The district will now be searching for two administrators prior to the start of the 2017-18 school year in September. Acting Memorial Middle School Principal and Assistant Superintendent Graham Peabody was tapped to become the Spotswood School District's new superintendent on June 6 by the Spotswood Board of Education. With Boyle's retirement, the district will be seeking a principal for both the Memorial Middle School and the Appleby Elementary School.

Teachers return to their duties on September 5 while the students go back to school on September 7. August 21 through August 24 is new teacher induction in the district.



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