WEST NEWBURY – Superintendent Justin Bartholomew announced the hiring of the new assistant principal at Bagnall Elementary School and a new director of information technology and digital learning for the district.
The new assistant director is Brenda Erhardt, a Page School teacher. She has worked as an English arts teacher in the district for 17 years.
As an assistant director, Erhardt will evaluate and supervise the professional and support staff, according to a press release. It will plan, organize and implement curricular and administrative functions of the school.
Her responsibilities will include assisting the principal with building management, communicating with students ’families, identifying students’ needs and growth opportunities, and helping to analyze curriculum and teaching.
Catherine Page, who has served for the past four years as a technology and media integration specialist for Newburyport public schools, is the new director of information technology and digital learning. According to the statement, he has worked in media and technology for nearly 40 years with news networks, schools and universities.
In his new role, Page will integrate technology into the school curriculum; manage information technology resources, including budgets, network infrastructure, academic and administrative systems, security systems, and VoIP telephony services; and lead a team of five full-time and part-time IT support staff.
Supervise school attendance service operations; provide technology and maintain district technology support; establish IT policies and expectations; support IT-related professional development for staff; and review and integrate new technology as needed.
In a statement, Bartholomew said: “Catherine Page has extensive knowledge of the media and information technology. She has worked in the industry and studied it, and will be a great asset to have our leadership team in the “And Brenda Erhardt has served as a wonderful teacher for many years and has connected with students and families, which I hope will continue as she moves into this new role. We are pleased to welcome them to our team this summer.”
Page and Erhardt begin their new roles on July 1st.