UPDATED: King Elementary Principal On Leave; Walsh Vice Principal To Help Run School

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FRAMINGHAM – King Elementary School Principal Allison Benabdallah is on leave, and has been for at least a week.

“I can confirm that Allison is on an extended leave from her position for personal reasons,” said Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay to SOURCE this morning.

Walsh Vice Principal James Bergeron, who had assisted King Elementary School in the past, has been asked to to return to King and lend an administrative hand, added Tremblay.

Walsh families were notified of the leadership change this morning.

Bergeron, will lead the school, along with the vice principal who is new this 2020-21 academic year.

Benabdallah previously served as a vice principal at King Elementary before she was named principal in May 2020.

When Benabdallah was named principal, she was the fifth principal in six years at George P. King School since it re-opened as an elementary school.

The school’s 2019-2020 principal Dr. Marguerite Lackard took a leave of absence in the fall of 2019, and it was announced in January 2020 she would remain on leave through the end of the school year.

Bergeron assisted in a leadership role at the school during that school year.

Benebdallah came to King after serving as vice principal at Stapleton Elementary School. Prior to that she was a theatre arts teacher at Fuller Middle School in the district.

Principal Lucia Laguarda split her time between Hemenway Elementary and King Elementary when the K-5 school first opened.

Former Dunning Elementary principal Kim Taylor took over after her and stayed in the position from 2015-2018, until she left to become the head of the Dedham Public Schools preschool program.

Former Wilson Elementary Vice Principal John Maynard wa sthen hired to lead the school from 2018-2019, and left after one year.

Then Lackard was given the principal post for the 2019-2020 school year.

This class of 2019-2020 was the first class to graduate from re-opened elementary school on Water Street.

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