Wildwood Early Childhood Center Searching For New Principal After Principal Charlotte King Resigns

WILMINGTON, MA — At the latest Wilmington School Committee Meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced that Charlotte King, Principal of the Wildwood Early Childhood Center, has resigned to pursue other professional responsibilities.

“I want to thank this opportunity this opportunity to extend my thanks to Ms. King for her many years of service as the leader of the Wildwood educational community and wish her the very best in her future endeavors,” wrote Brand in a memo to the School Committee.

King served as the Principal (formerly known as “Director”) of the Wildwood Early Childhood Center since 2014. She was a runner-up in the Woburn Street School Principal Search in 2019. Prior to her service to Wilmington, King worked as an integrated preschool teacher for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District for five years. She previously served as an Early Childhood Coordinator for the Ayer Public Schools.

King had been on leave since the beginning of the school year.

King was to sit on the Wildwood School Building Committee, as the town hopes to renovate or replace the town’s oldest school, which opened 66 years ago. The school district has been working diligently with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) to attain grant funding for a potential project in the coming years.

The Wildwood has also been in the spotlight recently over accusations of abuse of students by an educator in a special education classroom.  In August, an independent investigation found that four students had, in fact, been abused in the classroom by the same educator — 3 in the 2020-2021 school year and 1 in the 2019-2020 school year.

The investigation, however, found no evidence that King ever witnessed the abuse. When an abuse allegation from a student was brought forward, King conducted her an investigation, but she found insufficient evidence to support a violation occurred. The independent investigation’s summary noted that King had limited knowledge of the allegations and details surrounding them at the time of her investigation.

Sheila McAdams is serving as the school’s Interim Principal until a permanent principal is selected.

Brand outlined the timeline for the search for the Wildwood’s next principal:

  • December 7: Position advertised. (Read the job posting HERE.)
  • December 7: Message sent to Wildwood staff and families to gather volunteers to serve on a search committee.
  • December 7: Survey sent to Wildwood staff and families to gather feedback.
  • January 10: Applications are due.
  • Week of January 17: Screening interviews are conducted. Semi-finalists are selected.
  • Week of January 24: Semi-finalists visit Wilmington.
  • Week of January 31: Search committee visits semi-finalists’ home districts.
  • February 4: Finalist selected and announced.

Minimum requirements and experience for the position include:

  • Prior experience teaching at the early childhood and kindergarten level is required.
  • Previous experience serving in some capacity in a school leadership role preferred.
  • Ability to identify, select, motivate, and evaluate high-quality staff.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability in the areas of curriculum and instruction, staff supervision, special education, and technology.
  • A strong reputation for building positive, supportive relationships with all students/staff/community members and for treating all with dignity and respect.
  • A copy of MA Principal/Assistant Principal license (or proof of eligibility for MA license).
  • A Master’s of Education Degree or higher from an accredited college or university is required.

The new Principal would start as soon as possible.

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