Stratford principal named new principal at Pumpkin Delight

Stratford’s loss is Milford’s gain.
Sherrod McNeill, principal at Franklin School in Stratford has been named the new principal at Pumpkin Delight School.
Milford Schools Superintendent Anna Cutaia made announcement Friday on her Twitter account.
Simultaneously, McNeil sent a letter to Franklin parents telling them he was leaving.
“This decision is bittersweet,” McNeill wrote. “I am both overwhelmed with emotion to be leaving and excited about the opportunities that lie ahead.”
He assured them that the district was committed to finding an exceptional leader to become the next Franklin principal.
As principal at Franklin, McNeill is said to have developed a school climate that is mindful of academic, physical, social, and emotional growth for all school community constituents.
In a letter to staff, Cutaia said McNeill brings a wealth of talent and grace to the position.
“We will be well served by his tenacity and strong background in educational leadership,” Cutaia wrote.
Carrie Keramis, the last principal at Pumpkin Delight, is moving over to become principal at West Shore Middle School.
Stratford Schools Superintendent Janet Robinson, in an email on Monday said the opening will be posted quickly.
McNeill, 40, has been principal at Franklin since 2015. The prekindergarten through sixth grade school had 324 students. Pumpkin Delight is prekindergarten through fifth grade and had 265 students.
Before Stratford, McNeill worked in Ansonia where he was an assistant principal at Prendergast School. There he received the 2015 Connecticut Distinguished Elementary Assistant Principal award from the Connecticut Association of Schools. In 2012, McNeill received the Ansonia Teacher of the Year Award. He began teaching in Ansonia in 2003 as an interim sixth-grade math teacher at Ansonia Middle School.