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Hampton School seeks new principal for Sept

Tuesday, April 25, 2017    

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THE Hampton School in St Elizabeth is set to get a new principal to lead the all-girls institution in the upcoming school year beginning in September, replacing embattled principal Heather Murray, who the ministry says will be going on pre-retirement leave.

In a newspaper advertisement over the weekend, the Munro and Dickenson Trust, which governs the operations of the school, invited applications for the position of headmistress, with interested candidates having up until May 31 to submit applications. The required candidate is expected to have postgraduate qualifications in educational leadership or related discipline and a minimum of five years’ experience in a senior leadership role, preferably in an educational/training institution.

Murray garnered public attention earlier this year when she attended the arraignment of a Moravian pastor who was charged with the alleged rape and carnal abuse of a 15-year-old girl from the parish.

Although she later issued an apology, Murray was further publicly criticised for not taking two weeks of leave ordered by the Ministry of Education, a decision that was supported by the school board. An apology was later issued by the board about how the matter was handled. Board Chairman Trevor Blake later resigned.


But despite the controversial circumstances surrounding the current headmistress, director of corporate communications at the Ministry of Education, Colin Steer has stated that he is not going to say that Murray’s departure on pre-retirement leave is due to anything that has happened earlier this year.

He told the Jamaica Observer during a telephone interview yesterday evening that Murray, who should have retired from last year, was granted an extension by the ministry until this year to be carried out to the end of August and so it is just “allowing that process to run out”.

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