November 30, 2021

Deep River Elementary Principal John Pietrick Retiring in June, Interviews for Replacement Begin This Month

DEEP RIVER— Deep River Elementary School Principal John Pietrick will retire in June after leading the kindergarten through sixth grade school for the past 13 years.

Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy said Pietrick announced his plans to retire in January after a 35-year career in public education. Pietrick was hired in 1999, when former Superintendent of Schools John Gillespie was in his second year leading the Region 4 school system. Pietrick, who holds a doctorate degree from the University of Connecticut, had worked previously in the Avon and East Hartford school systems, and was a principal in East Hartford before coming to Deep River.

Levy said the application period for the open position closed Friday, with 71 applications received for the job. The applicants will be screened through telephone interviews to eight semi-finalists who will be interviewed by a 16-member group comprised of district administrators, teachers, parents and representatives of the community. The number of candidates will be further reduced to a smaller number who will meet with a local focus group and Levy. Site visits will also be conducted at the schools where the finalists are currently working.

Levy said a single candidate would then be recommended to the Deep River Board of Education for a final interview. Levy said the board is expected to vote on hiring a new principal sometime in April. Levy said she is hoping the new principal could begin working in Deep River this summer.