Hardy Middle School has been something of a political football for DCPS over the last year, starting with the ouster of principal Patrick Pope, continuing through the Mayor’s race, where it was a campaign issue, and has continued this year as the campus was realigned to join with Hyde Elementary.
Today, Interim Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that Dana Nerenberg, who has been principal of the combined campus, will return to being the principal of Hyde Elementary, and Hardy will receive its own fulltime principal, ending the experiment.
Henderson spoke supportively of Nerenberg today, saying in a letter to parents and the public, “I want to underscore the fact that our decision for Principal Nerenberg to resume her full-time duties at Hyde is not a reflection on her leadership. She enthusiastically and ably assumed leadership of the cluster last spring and both schools are better because of her work.”
The Chancellor’s office will meet with representatives of the parent community at Hardy on Monday to help guide her selection.