Rockett to take over reins at Rockville High School

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., May. 16, 2013
Andrew Rockett, the next principal of Rockville High School, is introduced to the Vernon Board of Education on May 13. Photo by Steve Smith.
Andrew Rockett, the next principal of Rockville High School, is introduced to the Vernon Board of Education on May 13. Photo by Steve Smith.

Rockville High School's new principal, Andrew Rockett, was officially brought on board after he was introduced to the Board of Education on May 13. Superintendent of Schools Mary Conway said Rockett began his education career as a science teacher at Windsor Locks Middle School, before becoming an assistant principal at E.C. Goodwin Technical High School. He was later an assistant principal at Manchester High School, and is currently the principal of Killingly High School, where he has been for the past three years. He also once worked at the Rockville courthouse as a clerk.

Rockett will take the reins at RHS officially on July 1. A resident of Somers, Rockett served on that town's Board of Education from 1993 to 2002, including three years as its chairman. He is also the current fire commissioner of Somers, and was also an officer in the Navy Reserve. He also was formerly an attorney with his own practice, and a bank officer at Connecticut National Bank and Connecticut Bank and Trust.

“He brings nine years of administrative experience,” Conway said, adding that Rockett will be placed at the top step of the collective bargaining agreement.

After the board voted unanimously to accept Rockett, he said he was thrilled to join the Rockville High School team, as well as to have a job closer to home. “This, to me, feels like coming home,” he said. “I am tremendously excited at the opportunity. I hear that you have a very strong staff and able administrators, and I'm particularly excited about continuing an association with an Ag-Ed department, which is very close to my heart.”

Rockett said he is “under no illusions about the challenges ahead,” including economic, federal and state mandates, and common core requirements, among others. “I very much look forward to working for Dr. Conway and the team here in place in Rockville,” he said.

Current RHS Principal Eric Baim announced his resignation from his post in February.


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