Lakeland Mum on Principal’s Resignation

Robert Bergmann, former Lakeland Cooper Beech principal Credits: File/Deena Bell
Interim Principal Frank Ruolo Credits: File

SHRUB OAK, N.Y.-Lakeland administrators and school board members remain tight-lipped about what led to the resignation of Robert Bergmann as principal of Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School.

Bergmann, principal since 2014, officially stepped down from his post on Friday, March 9. The resignation was accepted by the Board of Education at its March 15 meeting.

Frank Ruolo, formerly an assistant principal, was appointed as acting principal of the middle school on March 1. At the March 15 meeting, he was appointed interim principal.

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At both the March 1 and March 15 meetings, the board had no discussion on the personnel changes.

Earlier this month, Yorktown News called School Board President Denise Kness, who deferred comment to Communications Director James VanDevelde, who said, “We cannot comment on personnel issues.” Trustee Steve Rosen also declined to comment.

The district also announced the appointment of Melissa Shulman as a new assistant principal, but, VanDevelde said, the timing was coincidental and is not related to Ruolo’s promotion. Shulman was actually appointed in February, he said, but only started her new position recently.

VanDevelde said the district will release more information when it is able to do so.

A message sent to Bergmann on social media was not returned.

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