Marble Elementary Principal Sarah Scott Resigns

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 8:46 am
By: 
Karessa Wheeler

Marble Elementary School Principal Sarah Scott, hired by East Lansing Schools to take over for now-Superintendent Dori Leyko just over two years ago, has resigned her position as of November 7.

She has accepted a position as MI EXCEL Statewide Field Team Facilitator, a position within the Michigan Department of Education, working with school districts across the state..

"After much thought, reflection, and conversation with my family, I knew this was an opportunity that I could not turn down," Scott said. "I want EVERY student to have opportunities to learn and be successful in school, in Michigan. My work with MI EXCEL will provide building and district administrators a high level of support to implement the systems that will promote and accelerate student achievement. Additionally, I hope to work closely with building administrators, especially principals, to support them in their work of instructional leadership.

Scott came to East Lansing in August 2015 from Valley View Elementary School in Bellevue, where she was principal since 2011. Previously she was principal at Fern Persons Elementary in Olivet and taught third grade at Horizon Elementary in Holt. She received her M.A. in educational administration from Michigan State University in 2003 and her BA in elementary education from Central Michigan University.

She was hired by the ELPS Board and then-Superintendent Robyne Thompson after Thompson tapped Leyko for the position of Director of Curriculum. Leyko then became Interim Superintendent following Thompson’s abrupt resignation last February, and was named permanent Superintendent after Thompson’s contract ran out in July.

During her time at Marble, Scott is most proud of the work she did toward equity in education.

"Our entire staff has been focused on building relationships and ensuring that all students feel welcome at Marble. We have been, and will continue to be committed to making sure that all students can learn at our school," said Scott, adding that she also is proud of the work they did toward staff and student wellness initiatives.

When asked what she would miss most, Scott said the community of Marble.

"Marble is a special place with dedicated and caring teachers and support staff. Today, I watched as one of our 5th graders read to our kindergarten students for their story time. I am so proud of our students as learners and leaders...it is moments like those I will miss," Scott said.

In her last few weeks, Scott will work with staff and students through the transition to a new principal.

Meanwhile, the District is moving forward to find her replacement, starting with the acceptance of her resignation by unanimous vote of the East Lansing Board of Education Monday night.

"The position was posted Oct. 11, and the deadline for applications is Oct. 25. A committee will be established to select and interview qualified candidates. My goal is to have a recommendation to bring to the BOE at the November 13 regular meeting. If needed, we will consider a short-term interim until we get the position filled permanently," Leyko said Monday.