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Julie Droller Appointed Principal of Hindley School After Nearly a School Year as Interim Principal

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Julie Droller, named interim principal of Hindley School last August, now has been appointed principal by the Darien Board of Education. Last August, Droller was hired to fill the position after former Principal DJ Collela was put on leave. Collela would be on leave for “the beginning of the 2018-19 school year,” Interim Superintendent Elliott Landon said in a Aug. 17 letter to parents of Hindley students. On Tuesday morning, Landon announced the appointment, made Monday night at a special Board of Education meeting.

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Board of Education Names New Principal for Hindley School

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The Darien Board of Education appointed DJ Colella as Principal of Hindley School at Tuesday night’s board meeting. The appointment is effective July 1. Mr. Colella is a graduate of Rutgers University, received a master’s degree in education from Manhattanville College, and a second master’s degree from Bank Street College of Education from their Future School Leadership Academy. ___________

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Mr. Colella was a 5th grade teacher for ten years, a 6th grade science teacher for five years and has served as the assistant principal at the Somers Middle School in Somers, N.Y. since 2010.


Tokeneke Aces Health Inspection ‘Retest’ & All Public Schools Now Inspected

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Tokeneke School cafeteria received a perfect score of 100 in its most recent inspection on Jan. 22 after the school received an uncharacteristic “Poor” rating on Jan. 12, when a health inspector found food not being kept at the proper temperatures. Health Director David Knauf later said an item of equipment wasn’t keeping food at the right temperature, so the equipment was relpaced. Darienite.com previously reported on that inspection:

“Hamburgers and tater tots weren’t hot enough at the Tokeneke School cafeteria on Tuesday when a Darien Health Department sanitarian showed up for an inspection, according to the department.

Hindley School Bus Routes: 2015-2016 School Year

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Update 5:31 p.m., Monday: 

The school district has made some changes to the bus route schedules by adding back some stops that had been removed in a new scheduling system. Superintendent of Schools Dan Brenner says the changes are “very limited.” The school district website will have updated information, he said, although as of this point the information on changes to bus route schedules is difficult to find on the website. (We just looked, and we couldn’t find it.) The information should be easier to find starting Tuesday, Brenner said. Original article:

Here’s the 2015-2016 Hindley School bus route schedule from the school district:

“Route times are estimated and will vary particularly in the beginning of the school year, during inclement weather and traffic congestion on I-95.”

Hindley School Principal Rita Ferri to Leave at the End of the Next School Year

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Rita Ferri, principal of the Blue Ribbon Award-winning Hindley Elementary School, will step down from her post at the end of the next school year. The Board of Education voted Tuesday night to accept her retirement this summer — and then immediately accepted a proposal from Interim Superintendent Lynne Pierson to keep Ferri on the job as a temporary principal for another school year. Each of the board’s votes was unanimous. Board Chair Elizabeth Hagerty-Ross and Pierson indicated that Ferri is a valued school administrator, and when the principal decided to retire, discussions were held with school district officials on how the district might keep her a bit longer. Pierson said she was proposing that Ferri stay on “with relief and great appreciation.”