Teacher fills in for ailing KMS principal
Teacher Patty Fore assumed the position of interim administrator at Kingsbury Middle School Wednesday.
Fore replaces Dr. Tom Covault, principal of five years, who is struggling with persistent health problems.
“My health is still deteriorating, and my two cardiologists have recommended extensive time away from work in an effort to address these health issues,” Covault wrote in a letter to KMS parents. “Students, staff and parents deserve and need a healthy energetic principal, and unfortunately, that is not me at this time.”
Douglas County School District Superintendent Pendery Clark said Covault’s departure came unexpectedly.
“He regrets having to leave in the middle of the year,” Clark said. “It was not expected and when I learned he was going to have to do this I tried to come up with a way to provide administrative coverage that would allow (KMS) to continue in a smooth fashion.”
According to Clark, Fore will provide continuity to the school.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Patty (Fore),” Clark said. “I was thrilled she was willing to do this. I think it will be a great opportunity for her and for the students.”
Fore is excited, but regrets the unfortunate circumstances that opened up her opportunity.
“We are saddened to see Dr. Covault retire, but we understand his reasons and support him in this difficult time,” she wrote in a letter to KMS parents. “He has been a truly effective administrator. For me professionally, he has been a role model and mentor. He will be missed.”
Fore’s fifth-grade class is being taken by Janey Muccio, her student teacher from Sierra Nevada College.
“If you have to leave (your class,) you want to know they’re with someone who is wonderful,” said Fore, who has been thinking about administrative work for some time.
“Patty (Fore) has been at (KMS) for six years and I know she has been considering administration as a possible career, so this will be a good way for her to try it out,” Clark said.
Fore said she will maintain the same commitment to excellence and high standards that she demanded as a teacher.
“Our most important responsibility is our children,” Fore said. “I want to see each of our students grow in a healthy and safe school environment to be the best person he or she can be.”
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