Nebraska educator chosen to fill Calvert School position

Slattery to become head of new middle school

January 31, 2002|By Linda Linley | Linda Linley,SUN STAFF

The principal of a Catholic elementary and middle school in Nebraska has been appointed head of the Calvert School's new middle school, which is under construction in North Baltimore.

Patrick J. Slattery, 29, principal of St. Matthew's School, a prekindergarten-through-eighth-grade coeducational school in Bellevue, a suburb of Omaha, will start his new job July 1, said Calvert School Headmaster Merrill S. Hall.

"Slattery was a unanimous and enthusiastic choice," Hall said yesterday. "He has both the education and the experience, as well as the energy and enthusiasm."

Slattery, a native of Madison, Conn., was responsible for all aspects of the educational program at St. Matthew's, Hall said in a letter to parents Tuesday. Slattery also was co-chairman of St. Matthew's recent capital campaign.

"I'm very excited about the new job at Calvert and also moving back to the East Coast," said Slattery, who has been at St. Matthew's for two years. "As the first head of the middle school, I am going to listen to the families at Calvert School."

Slattery said he wants to continue teaching at least one class every day. He has taught mathematics in each of the schools where he has worked. Before becoming principal at St. Matthew's, he held various positions at Hillside School in Marlborough, Mass., including dean of students.

The private, 106-year-old Calvert School has 360 pupils in primary school through sixth grade. School leaders decided two years ago to expand to include the seventh and eighth grades. After a protracted standoff with neighbors, the school won approval to build a middle school and two playing fields at 4300 N. Charles St.

The middle school is expected to be completed by January. .

In the meantime, Hall said, newly added seventh-graders for the 2002-2003 school year will be housed in the current facilities. An eighth-grade class will be added the next year. The middle school will eventually include fifth through eighth grades. The school is expected to have about 440 pupils within four years.

Slattery is a graduate of Holy Cross College in Worcester, Mass., with a master's degree from Harvard University. He is married and has two young children.

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