EIS leadership restructured

By on August 1, 2012

By: MICHELLE REIFF Review Staff mreiff.eph@lnpnews.com, Staff Writer

Gangi Cucciuffo

Additional responsibility and a new assignment have been established for two familiar faces at the Ephrata Intermediate School (EIS) for the start of the 2012-13 year.

With two vacancies on the EIS team created by the departure of assistant principal Josh McCracken and principal Stacie Bardell, Ephrata Area School District was presented with the challenge of finding the right people to assume their duties. McCracken moved to Fulton Elementary, where he will be principal, and Bardell will take over as principal at John R. Bonfield Elementary in Warwick School District.

The district felt the best decision was to restructure the leadership team.

Gangi Cucciuffo, the current principal at Ephrata Middle School, will serve as the principal for both buildings, and Russ Garman will continue to serve as the middle school’s assistant principal.

Eric Martin has been named the EIS assistant principal. An Ephrata High School graduate, he joined the district’s staff in August 1997 and has spent the last 15 years as a math teacher at the middle school.

"It is our common practice to explore options every time a position becomes open to see if filling the position is necessary or whether there is a way to restructure duties," said Dr. Brian Troop, assistant superintendent. "Having the opportunity to examine the structure of the intermediate school in the context of our K-12 system has proven to be beneficial in helping us identify ways to be more efficient and to increase consistency across fifth to eighth grades."

Troop said the district believes that using the "school-within-a-school" model for the administration of grades five to eight will help increase the coherence of the instructional program over this grade span and, in turn, benefit the students.

Cucciuffo, who has been principal of the middle school since 2009 and before that Highland Elementary, said he and the other two members of the administrative team look forward to this new system.

"It is an exciting time in the district for grades five to eight as we strive to continue to be fiscally responsible and run extremely efficient as a grade five to eight system," he said. "We will continue to work diligently to ensure we maintain our student-centered philosophy and a high level of student respect and accountability.

Cucciuffo noted that only the administration has changed, therefore making the impact minimal when looking at it from a student lens.

"The intermediate and middle schools will continue to be operated as two separate programs," he said. "The main benefit of this model will be that we can continue to run an effective five to eight system and still maintain the qualities of grades five/six and of grades seven/eight that make our buildings unique and successful."

Martin is also excited about the opportunity.

"I am extremely excited to join the established administrative staff already in place," Martin said Wednesday. "I hope to contribute to district success in a new capacity as I join a very talented and ambitious EIS teaching staff." More LEADERSHIP, page A7

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