Mercurio is assistant principal of the year

The National Association of Middle School Principals has chosen Boynton Middle School’s Assistant Principal Louis “Chip” Mercurio as the 2013 Assistant Principal of the Year, according to a press release issued Monday by Boynton Principal Tom Starratt, who is also a member of the board of the National Association of Middle School Principals.

In an announcement from their annual conference in Atlantic City, N.J., last week the association cited Mercurio’s support of the school community, as well as his advocacy of a collaborative disciplinary approach.

“The way that he handles discipline has led to a major decrease in disciplinary problems at the school,” Starratt is quoted as saying in the release. “Chip is a pretty humble guy. I am sure he will feel a bit shy about talking about himself. During his tenure, the number of serious discipline incidents has dropped dramatically.”

Other staff members at Boynton had positive things to say about the assistant principal, too.

“One of the things that truly amaze me is the way that he handles all of the many tasks and interruptions that he gets in a day,” said Karen Walter, a special education teacher. “With all of the phone calls and meetings and interruptions, he has the ability to drop all of the other things so that he can focus on that moment, and be ‘in the moment’ as they say, concentrating on what a parent or student has to say.”

Amy Chase, one of the school’s guidance counselors, said, “Chip has a way of anticipating problems before they arise. When there are problems, he has a calming effect on people. He asks good questions and gets people to think through things. He appeals to their better nature and usually resolves things so that everyone can learn from their mistakes.”

The selection committee also cited Mercurio’s support of the district’s strategic plan and how he works closely with other administrators.

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