Rossi got Newburyport principalship at the end of May

The day that Tara Rossi announced she was leaving the Dallin School as its principal after three years, the Newburyport Daily News reported she had taken a principal post in that North Shore city.

The Hampton, N.H. resident has a shorter commute after taking the job at the Molin Upper Elementary School, according to a story published May 31, the day she emailed the Dallin community to say she was leaving.

At the time, YourArlington made calls to learn where Rossi was going, but they were not returned.

Dallin will have an interim principal in the 2012-13. The appointment of Dr. Eileen Driscoll Woods, principal of the year in 1998, was announced in mid-June. Woods retired from the Andover public schools in 2008 after a long career in Andover.

In the May 31 email to parents, Rossi said she is leaving because of her long commute from New Hampshire and a family decision to remain in the seacoast area.

In an email May 31, she wrote: "I have greatly enjoyed my three years as principal here. I want to thank the teachers, students, parents, administration, school committee, and community, for their support during my tenure.

"Dallin is a very special school and I shall cherish the relationships that I’ve made with the staff, students, and the Dallin community. The strong value that the community places on education is a sustaining force in helping to support our students’ recognition of the importance of their education. The Dallin staff is the most passionate, dedicated, hard-working and enjoyable people I’ve ever known.

"I sincerely thank you for your support of the school and me. I wish you all the best."

Bodie announced Rossi's replacement June 12, writing, "I am very confident that Dr. Woods will provide excellent leadership next year while we begin search for a permanent principal."

This story was published Tuesday, July 17, 2012.