Madison Middle School Principal Tom Coviello has resigned his post and plans to head to Lexington, where he is in line to become the assistant high school principal. Coviello will be the third principal to leave the North Platte schools since January.
The North Platte school board accepted his resignation Tuesday, along with a undisclosed resignation agreement, without comment.
Coviello has been a principal in North Platte for seven years. He has been at Madison for two years, where he made changes to improve sagging test scores on state assessments.
He said he’s made progress, arranging for teachers to work with individual students in small settings from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and after school, as well as more intensive reading and math classes daily during school hours.
The results will be known when students finish taking a new round of test that are currently underway.
“It’s promising the way it looks,” Coviello said Tuesday. “We won’t know for certain for awhile yet, but we are anticipating improvement.”
Before Coviello took the reins at Madison, he was principal at Cody Elementary for four years. He also spent a year at Jefferson. The latter transfers came during the tenure of Superintendent David Engle, who transferred every principal in the school district in two years.
Earlier this year, Washington Elementary Principal Shane Alexander left abruptly in January for undisclosed reasons. In March, High School Principal Todd Rhodes resigned effective the end of the school year.
Rhodes will become the superintendent at Maxwell.
Coviello said he is excited to be going to Lexington and will miss working with the staff, parents and colleagues in North Platte.
“They are a great bunch,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed them. I am excited to be going to Lexington, although I am sad to leave here.”
Like North Platte’s schools, Coviello said Lexington schools are focused on student learning, which fulfills his passion to educate.