BCMS leadership update: Mr. Klugman returns, joined by new hall principal

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BCMS Hall Principal Jacqueline Munroe

After a year of lending his leadership expertise to the high school, Principal Mike Klugman returns to Bethlehem Central Middle School in 2017-18. Read his welcome letter to families here. And, he has been joined by one of his colleagues from the high school, Ms. Jacqueline Munroe, the newest member of the middle school leadership team.

Munroe was recently appointed by the Board of Education as hall principal at the middle school, filling a vacancy created in July when former hall principal, Ken Rizzo, accepted a position in another district. She is one of three building administrators at the school, including Principal Klugman and Assistant Principal Mark Warford.

This is Munroe’s second year in the Bethlehem Central School District. Munroe served as a hall principal at the high school in 2016-17.​ She came to the district with 11 years of teaching and leadership experience in the New York City schools where she taught middle school for nine years and high school English for two years, in both Brooklyn and Queens. 

“I am excited that I get to continue working here in Bethlehem, and with Mike Klugman,” said Munroe. “I learned a lot from him while at the high school. It is nice for me in making this transition that I will continue to have him as a mentor and resource here at the middle school.”

Munroe said her role as hall principal would include character development initiatives, encouraging positive behaviors and helping students prepare to make the transition to high school.

“Having spent a year at the high school, I have a pretty good perspective on what our middle schoolers can expect when they get there,” said Munroe. “I have always enjoyed working with students at this age and I hope my experience lends itself to helping all of our students have a positive school experience.”

Munroe holds a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from Long Island University, CW Post Campus. 

“Students are at a delicate age in middle school and they require strong, caring school leaders,” said Superintendent Jody Monroe. “In Mr. Klugman, Ms. Munroe and Mr. Warford, that is what Bethlehem middle schoolers have. This team will serve our students well.”​