Meadowside principal takes job with Bethany school district

Robert (Bob) Davis, longtime Meadowside School Principal, has been named the new principal of Bethany Community School, according to Bethany Public School District Supt. John Barile.

Davis has served as principal of Meadowside Elementary School in Milford for the past 11 years. Prior to his tenure at Meadowside, Davis taught grades 4 and 5 for the New Haven Public Schools at both the Vincent Mauro Science and Technology Magnet School and at Clinton Avenue School.

Davis will begin his work in Bethany on Aug. 1. Barile, former principal at Foran High School, said, “We are looking forward to Mr. Davis' experience and leadership in moving Bethany Community School forward through the transformative changes, including the continuation of curriculum enhancements, new staff reorganization, and contemporary accountability measures.”

A Bethany native, Davis said he looks forward to his return to the town where he was raised and where his father, Robert Davis, Sr., still calls home.  Davis completed his education at Bethany Community School in 1981 and is a 1987 graduate of Amity High School. He graduated from Quinnipiac University in 1991 and later earned his Master's Degree in Elementary Education and Sixth Year Professional Certification in Administration from Southern Connecticut State University.

During his tenure at Meadowside he developed multiple professional development experiences such as the new teacher evaluation model, the Columbia Teachers College - Readers/Writers Workshop model, and most recently implemented a new math curriculum and program.

When asked about his relationship with students and parents,  Davis' current superintendent, Dr. Betty Feser said, “Simply phenomenal.”

The assistant superintendent of the Milford Public Schools, Michael Cummings, added, “Not only does Bob know every child's name, he knows their story-what team they are on, their grandparents, everything-it's amazing.”

Milford school officials are in the process of interviewing a replacement for Davis to serve as principal of Meadowside School.