New Milford principal chosen; vote set for April 15

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MILFORD – Chali Davis, an assistant principal at Concord High School, has been chosen the new Milford High School principal, replacing longtime Principal Bradford Craven, who is retiring.

The school board is expected to vote on Davis’ appointment at its next meeting, April 15.

Davis has been Concord High School’s assistant principal since July 2016 and prior to that an English and humanities teacher at Windham High School and Pinkerton Academy in Derry. She has a master’s degree in English language and literature from Middlebury College and received her bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of New Hampshire, a master’s in English literature from Middlebury College in Vermont, and a master’s in educational administration from UNH and over 20 years of experience in education. 

Superintendent Jessica Huizenga said Davis’ number one focus is on students.

“Chali brings a wealth of knowledge, energy and experience in both urban and suburban settings that will serve our community well as we roll out a new strategic plan this fall,” the superintendent said in a statement from the school board.

Huizenga announced Craven’s retirement in December. He served the school for 38 years – 24 years as principal and before that 14 years as an English and drama teacher.

The search committee included parents, teachers, administrators and students, and there were community forums for the chosen finalists to meet parents and student groups. Huizenga recommended Davis, one of three finalists, to the school board.

Davis is scheduled to begin here on July 1.