Franklin Park School Principal Tapped To Lead New Claremont Road School

Nicole Sury Bevere and school board president Ed Potosnak after Sury Bevere was named the first principal of Claremont Road School.

Nicole Sury Bevere received an early birthday present on Nov. 30: She was named the first principal of the Claremont Road School.

The announcement that Sury Bevere – whose birthday is Dec. 1 – was hired to head the district’s newest school came during the monthly Board of Education meeting. Sury Bevere is currently the principal at Franklin Park School.

The Kindergarten-to-5th Grade Claremont Road school is under construction and is slated to open in September 2018. The school’s construction is part of the $85 million referendum approved by voters in December 2014 that will also result in a district grade realignment and two middle schools.

Sury Bevere’s appointment becomes effective in February. She called the new position “an amazing challenge.”

“It’s the opportunity to breathe air into and create a soul for a building that’s never been occupied before,” she said. “The opportunity to set up a structure for children that obviously not only will mirror some of the wonderful things that are happening in the district, but perhaps will also add some enhancements based on the fact that it is cutting edge. It’s new, it’s unique.”

“It’s a challenge for me, I’m a life-long learner, always setting that bar a little higher, and this would be a higher bar,” she said. “So the challenge of working through the variety of challenges that the project in and of itself will present through new construction, having the opportunity to work with my colleagues, set up a staff, really develop something for children. It’s awesome.”

This is Sury Bevere’s ninth year as principal at Franklin Park School, and 14th year in the district. Prior to being named Franklin Park’s principal, the 23-year education veteran served as a district supervisor, teaching coach and special education teacher.

She called her new appointment “a dream come true in a lot of ways.”

“Being able to put your footprint somewhere, it’s an amazing opportunity,” she said.

Sury Bevere said she initially did not consider applying for the job when the new school was under discussion as part of the 2014 referendum.

“Initially, I love what I do , I love where I work, it wasn’t until perhaps there was obviously a need identified that I felt that perhaps I would be a good fit to meet the need that the district had, that I started perhaps becoming more interested,” she said. “But certainly I love Franklin Park School, it’s a priority for me, it’s always been a priority for me, so making sure that it’s well-taken-care-of is at the forefront of anything I undertake.”

Board of Education president Ed Potosnak said he “looks forward to great things” from Sury Bevere.

“Her leadership at Franklin Park has demonstrated a great ability,” he said.

“You have been a shining star at Franklin Park,” board vice president Nancy LaCorte told Sury Bevere. “You will open Claremont Road and continue as a shining star.”

“Your Franklin Park family will always be in your heart,” she said.


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