School district officials to answer Summit Cove parent questions
SUMMIT COVE – School officials will be available the first day of classes at Summit Cove Elementary to answer questions from parents about the recent resignation of the school’s principal.
Superintendent Wes Smith, Assistant Superintendent Millie Hamner and School Board member Marshall Denkinger, a Summit Cove parent, will be in the school’s media center Tuesday at 9 a.m.
“We’ll tell them what we’re able to tell,” Smith said. “It’s important to understand that what we can say is limited legally. And, frankly, we don’t know very much because when questions were raised, he chose not to answer and resigned instead.”
The school’s principal, Gregg Croff, resigned Thursday. “When questions arose related to irregularities regarding Mr. Croff’s application for employment and Montana certification, he resigned rather than explain,” Smith said.
Croff was hired in May to replace principal Bonnie Brown, who opened the school six years ago and retired at the end of the school year.
Croff came from Hamilton, Mont., where he was a school principal for 17 years and a teacher prior to that.
The Montana Office of Public Instruction, which certifies school teachers and administrators in the state, was closed when the Summit Daily News learned of the resignation.
Croff’s wife, Debra, also was hired by the school district as an elementary gifted and talented teacher. Smith said her employment status had not changed as of Thursday.
Ann Clement, retired principal of Breckenridge Elementary School, former Douglas County school principal and former director of the Mountain Board of Cooperative Education Services (BOCES), was hired to serve as an interim principal at Summit Cove until December. Clement will be at school Tuesday, as well.
“We also want to make sure people understand what we have done and are doing to assure that we maintain the quality, direction and stability of Summit Cove,” Smith said. “The hardest part of the whole situation was telling the staff; the staff and parents are the heart and soul of that school.”
The officials also will attend the school’s parent-teacher association meeting Thursday to answer questions.
Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998 ext. 237 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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