The Chelsea Board of Education unanimously approved the recommendation of Stacie Battaglia as the new principal for South Meadows Elementary School Monday night.
Current Principal Lisa Nickel will become the new Director of Special Education.
Battaglia has been teaching in the Chelsea School District for 12 years. She was one of three internal candidates who applied for the position said Superintendent Andy Ingall.
“We did an internal search,” Ingall said, adding, “I’m very excited about her passion and knowledge for the job.”
Battaglia has a Master of Education from Wayne State University and has taught 5th grade in the district since 2002.
“Mrs. Battaglia’s interviews showcased her solid record of integrity and her ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with students, parents and colleagues,” according to a memo from Julie Deppner, executive director of instruction.
“Her long-time commitment to this district was validated through conversations with several of her colleagues with whom we spoke,” the memo states.
In her application letter, Battaglia said not only was she a teacher in the district but also a parent in the district and has “great respect for the Chelsea Schools. Living in the Chelsea School District has allowed me to view the schools and staff from another perspective.”
She’ll begin her new position on July 1.