DARTMOUTH — Dartmouth Public Schools will be getting a bit of a staff shake-up for the next academic year, after Superintendent Dr. Bonny Gifford confirmed that two current school principals are moving into district-wide roles.

Gifford's assistant superintendent, Michelle Roy, retired two years ago — but she was not replaced, so the central district office was one person short this year.

Instead of replacing her, Gifford said, school officials decided to hire two directors of teaching and learning, one for elementary and another for the secondary level.

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Catherine Pavao, the current principal at the Joseph DeMello School, has been appointed to the elementary-level Director of Teaching and Learning.

Meanwhile current Dartmouth High School principal Ross Thibault will become the Director of Teaching and Learning at the secondary level.

Pavao's current Assistant Principal Elizabeth Correira will replace her as DeMello School principal, and Dartmouth High Assistant Principal Ryan Shea will move up to the top spot at that school.

It is not yet clear who will fill the assistant principal roles at either school, although Dr. Gifford said the jobs have been posted.

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