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Battle Elementary School principal named

The principal for Eliot Battle Elementary School has been named. Jeri Petre will be recommended to the Board of Education to fill the role. Petre is currently the principal at Derby Ridge Elementary School.
Petre is in her fourth year as principal of Derby Ridge. Previously, she was the assistant principal at Blue Ridge Elementary School for more than eight years. She has more than 10 years of classroom teaching experience in various school districts and holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's in administration, and a specialist degree in administration.
Over the next few months, the school district will gather information from the Derby Ridge school-community in regard to what it would like to see in the next principal. In the early spring, the position will be posted and applications accepted. A committee, including parents, will be formed to help interview candidates for the position.
Eliot Battle Elementary School, located next to Battle High School, will open in 2015. The school was approved by voters in the April 2010 bond election and is currently under construction.