Villa Maria School News
Villa Maria School has begun another school year. Our Dulaney Valley and Harford Schools – and our Diagnostic program – all welcomed students back to their classrooms today (August 26th). Please join me in wishing our school staff – and all those who support them – the very best for a great 2015-16 school year!
A few updates:
We are really pleased that the Consolidation of our Pot Spring and Dulaney Valley schools has gone so well. Except for a few building related tasks, we are essentially complete. Many thanks to the school staff and to our Maintenance, Housekeeping and IT colleagues for helping to make this happen so well.
I am pleased to announce that we just received final approval from MSDE for our newly consolidated school to now serve Nursery School through 9th grade and to do so for both special education and general education students. This “dual accreditation” will allow us to serve children who come to us (residential and partnership, primarily) who may not be considered full time special education students in that they are able to be provided “general education curriculum” for some subjects This change occurs as a result of many of our Dulaney Valley teachers either having or now being willing to secure general education teaching certificates.
Also, yesterday, I announced to the school staff that Aggie Callahan’s title has changed from School Placement Supervisor to Assistant Director of Education. Aggie’s essential job duties are unchanged. She will continue to manage school placement issues but she will as Assistant Director serve as Administrator in charge in my absence. That title will also make it easier for her to represent us, as she does so well, to the LSSs that we serve and in her new role as member of the Board of Directors of MANSEF. This position, not to be confused with the Associate Director position which we had to eliminate, is a Principal level position. I also thank Aggie for serving as the Interim Principal at Harford County these past two months. Congratulations and thanks to Aggie!
Yesterday, we also celebrated 30 years of service to Villa Maria School and Catholic Charities by Ida Collins. Ida came to VMS as our Art Teacher in 1985 and by 1990 moved into her current role as the Coordinator of our Pre-Vocational Center. You all know that Ida tirelessly provides a wonderfully unique set of experiences for our children – and she has touched the lives of countless staff and volunteers who have worked with her over these past 30 years. Ida Collins is a true Villa Maria treasure. Congratulations to Ida!!
Finally, on September 8th, we will be welcoming Gary Vosburg, our new Principal for Villa Maria School of Harford County, and LaRon Martin, our new Assistant Principal for VMS at Dulaney Valley. LaRon, besides joining Brenda, Dan, Melissa and Sharon, as members of Dulaney Valley’s management team, will also serve as our overall coordinator for PARCC testing. We look forward to welcoming Gary and LaRon to our Villa Maria School family.
Best Wishes to all for a great school year.
Administrator / Director of Education