Rosen resigns from MaST

Former Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School Principal DeAnne Rosen speaks during a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the school in August 2018. Ms. Rosen announced her resignation from the school Monday. (Cheryl Burke photo)

Editor's note: This article and photo were updated at 11:18 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020, with a full report.

MOREHEAD CITY — Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School Principal DeAnne Rosen confirmed Monday she has resigned her position at the school.

In an email, Ms. Rosen said, “I am a true advocate for Cooperative Innovative High Schools and will always be a supporter of MaST. I have decided to take more of a non-traditional approach to my career in education. My new position will be announced soon.”

She further said, “I will continue to advocate for MaST as another option in our county. This opportunity is needed to meet the needs of all students in our area.”

Ms. Rosen did not say when her resignation takes effect or what her new position will be.

Carteret County Schools Superintendent Dr. Rob Jackson, who started his new position July 1, said in an email Monday afternoon, “I was saddened to receive Mrs. Rosen’s letter of resignation on Thursday evening. Although that was only my second official day with the Carteret County Public School System, I had the opportunity to meet Mrs. Rosen and visit the MaST campus in June.

“I have heard many outstanding comments about Mrs. Rosen's passion for the education of students, about her strong support of employees and about her value for involving families. MaST will continue, as the Board of Education has designated, in the fall with the rising sophomore and junior classes,” he continued.

He did not say when a replacement for Ms. Rosen would be announced.

It’s been a hard road for Ms. Rosen since she accepted the principal position at MaST, which opened its doors on the campus of Carteret Community College in August 2018 with 50 freshmen. The school allows students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously.

The school began facing a lack of state funds in the 2019-20 year, which led to a heated and public battle between MaST parents and supporters and some members of the Carteret County Board of Education during the summer of 2019.

While the school operated last year with local, state and CCC funds, finances were once again brought up in June because the General Assembly has not yet passed its 2020-21 budget.

The BOE, citing lack of state funds, voted in June to suspend introducing a freshman class for the 2020-21 academic year. Instead, officials said they wanted to concentrate on building up the number of sophomores and juniors at the school.

Because the school’s enrollment fell below 100 students, the school system will not receive state funding for the MaST principal position. The county is picking up the cost for the job. Ms. Rosen’s salary was $105,000, including benefits. The county also funds six other positions at the school.

MaST parent Merianne Grigoriciuc of Morehead City, who has a rising sophomore at the school, expressed disappointment Monday about Ms. Rosen’s resignation.

“Our family was disheartened to hear of Mrs. Rosen’s resignation as Principal of MaST Early College High School. This is a great loss for the MaST family and for the students who have already endured so much; however, we know Mrs. Rosen will continue to shine bright like a beacon in her new endeavor,” she said. “Our hope is Dr. Jackson will seek an innovative and supportive leader for the MaST family.”

Her son, Alex, a rising sophomore, said, “I am sad to hear about Mrs. Rosen leaving MaST. She has been a great leader and will be missed.”

CCC President Dr. Tracy Mancini, who has worked closely with Ms. Rosen since MaST opened on the campus, said in an email Monday, “Dee Rosen was an outstanding inaugural principal for MaST. She created a sense of community and Beacon spirit with a group of pioneer students and helped them navigate effectively a number of adverse situations. We at Carteret Community College have appreciated her hard work and wish her the very best.”

 

Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email Cheryl@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

 

 

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MOREHEAD CITY — Marine Science and Technologies Early College High School Principal DeAnne Rosen confirmed Monday she has resigned her position at the school.

In an email, Ms. Rosen said, “I am a true advocate for Cooperative Innovative High Schools and will always be a supporter of MaST. I have decided to take more of a non-traditional approach to my career in education. My new position will be announced soon.”

She further said, “I will continue to advocate for MaST as another option in our county. This opportunity is needed to meet the needs of all students in our area.”

Ms. Rosen did not say when her resignation takes effect or what her new position will be.

Carteret County Schools did not immediately respond to the News-Times regarding Ms. Rosen’s resignation.

It’s been a hard road for Ms. Rosen since she accepted the principal position at MaST, which opened its doors on the campus of Carteret Community College in August 2018 with 50 freshmen. The school allows students to earn high school and college credits simultaneously.

The school began facing a lack of state funds for the 2019-20 year, which led to a heated and public battle between MaST parents and supporters and some members of the Carteret County Board of Education during the summer of 2019.

While the school operated last year with local, state and CCC funds, finances were once again brought up in June because the General Assembly has not yet passed its 2020-21 budget.

The BOE, citing lack of state funds, voted in June to suspend having a freshman class for the 2020-21 academic year. Instead, officials said they wanted to concentrate on building up the number of sophomores and juniors at the school.

Because the school’s enrollment fell below 100 students, the school system will not receive state funding for the MaST principal position. The county is picking up the cost for the job.

Ms. Rosen’s salary was $105,000, including benefits. The county also funds six other positions at the school.

 

Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email Cheryl@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

(3) comments

dc

Nice salary.

mpjeep

Taxpayer money

relax at Shack

Shame she didn't at least stay long enough to see the kids graduate. As much of a roller coaster ride it's been for this program, it would have been nice for her to stay and see it through to the end. Very interesting development...

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