Displaced high school principal tapped to lead middle school

Poughkeepsie Middle School. MHNN file photo.

POUGHKEEPSIE – The Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent has recommended Kelleyann Royce-Giron to be the new principal of Poughkeepsie Middle School effective September 1, 2022.  The school board is slated to approve the recommendation on Wednesday night.

Royce-Giron, a 1990 graduate of Poughkeepsie High School had served as principal of her alma mater from February 2020 until July 2022 when the district was ordered to reinstate former high school Principal Dr. Phee Simpson after a lengthy court battle.

When Royce-Giron was displaced by the return of Simpson, the district kept her on with the title of “Principal on Special Assignment” at the annual salary of $137,025, effective July 1, 2022.  At the time, School  Superintendent Dr. Eric Rosser said, “The Principal on Special Assignment develops, implements, and coordinates projects for assigned areas and will be instrumental in supporting the positive youth development of PCSD students.”

At the time, Rosser praised the work of Royce-Giron, adding, “Given the value-added and unmatchable commitment that Principal Royce-Giron brings to positive youth development to PCSD students, the district has appointed her to the role of principal on special assignment.”

A leaked document received by Mid-Hudson News late Tuesday night indicated that Dr. Rosser approved paying Royce-Giron $145,000 per year to serve as the middle school principal from September 1, 2022, to February 17, 2024.

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