Takes position as full principal in Stratford

Amity High School will lose its leader sometime this summer, after accepting a job with the Stratford School system..

Acting Principal Daniel Hatch resigned his position to accept a more permanent one as its principal. Hatch resigned the day before graduation.

Hatch, who took over for Arnold Frank in the fall of 2000, distributed a letter to his colleagues before telling Superintendent of Schools Rolfe Wenner about his decision.

"This is one of the most difficult letters I have had to write during my fourteen years as an Amity administrator. Earlier this week I was offered a position as principal of Stratford High School. I enthusiastically accepted," Hatch wrote.

Hatch assumed the leadership role following the departure last year of Frank who left to assume the helm at the new Woodland High School, which serves students of Beacon Falls and Prospect.

Hatch tossed his hat into the ring to be named full principal, but the Board of Education decided to extend the search.

According to anonymous sources, talk has surfaced recently that a number of other resignations will be forthcoming over the next few months. One employee at the high school told the Bulletin that about a dozen letters of resignations should be expected, including the head of maintenance.

Hatch did not return calls to the Bulletin. The school board's search committee is in the process of finding a permanent replacement for the job. The committee met Monday evening.