Bethel Middle School Principal Nick DaPonte Is Leaving His Position

Report by Paula Antolini
August 23, 2018 10:00AM EDT


Bethel Middle School Principal Nick DaPonte Is Leaving His Position

Mr. Nick DaPonte is leaving his position as Bethel Middle School principal. He has accepted a position in another district. The new school year will begin with Mr. Bryan Watson as acting principal. This information has been confirmed by Dr. Christine Carver, Superintendent of Bethel Public Schools.

“Mr. Bryan Watson, former Assistant Principal and current Director of Instructional Technology, has already been named as acting principal and is already transitioned with Mr. DaPonte. He already has well established relationships with students, staff and parents. We anticipate a smooth opening of school,” Carver said.

The 2018 Bethel Public Schools year begins next Wednesday, August 29th.

Here is the email sent to parents on August 21st:

Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff,

We wanted to let you know that our Middle School Principal, Mr. DaPonte, has accepted a position in another district.   He had an opportunity that presented itself, that for personal reasons, he could not pass up. This new opportunity allows him more flexibility to have time with his young family.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. DaPonte for his service to the Bethel Public Schools and wish him well in his new position.

Our priority in this transition is stability for our students and staff.   As many of you know, Mr. Bryan Watson, former Assistant Principal of Bethel Middle School has been serving as the Director of Instructional Technology for the Bethel Public Schools since March of 2018.  At my request, Mr. Watson has agreed to serve as the Acting Principal of Bethel Middle School. A graduate of the Bethel Public Schools, Mr. Watson began his professional career in 2005 as a Social Studies Teacher at Bethel Middle School.  In 2012, he was promoted to Assistant Principal and served in the role through March of 2018 when he was promoted to Director of Instructional Technology. He has a well established relationship with our staff, parents and most importantly, our students.  He will be working with with Mr. DaPonte to ensure a smooth transition. Dr. Fernand and Mrs. Taranovich will remain in their role as Assistant Principals.

Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.  


Christine L. Carver, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools



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