Dr. Bridget Heston Carnemolla

Dr. Bridget Heston Carnemolla

Superintendent of Schools


Shirley Moy

Assistant to the Superintendent


18 March 2022

Dear Avon Public Schools Colleagues, Students, Families, and Community Members,

As some of you already know, Mr. Michael Renkawitz has announced that he will retire on June 30, 2022, after 30 years as an educator. Mr. Renkawitz’s accomplishments in Avon are many: from his start at Thompson Brook School in 2013, he has been a valued member of our leadership team and has earned the respect of students, families, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members alike. In July 2018, I called upon Mike to take a leap of faith and transfer to our high school as principal.  In the brief four months that I had been Avon superintendent, I had learned that Mike was an administrator who would be able to both stabilize our high school (which had been through a series of administrative changes) and to provide the leadership necessary to keep growing and making progress towards our goals.

As the principal of Avon High School, he continued the same style of consistent, dedicated, intelligent leadership: increasing course options for students and making new pathways for their success; ensuring necessary student academic, social, and emotional supports through strategic use of staff and programs; and continuing preparations for our upcoming NEASC accreditation.  Meanwhile, he helped to bring back pep rallies and bonfires, all while attending nearly every athletic contest, concert, or any other student event at AHS. These actions demonstrate the legacy that Mr. Renkawitz can be proud of: he is and always has been a student-focused leader, ensuring equity and opportunities for all students, while making sure they feel supported and listened to.

Nearly four years later, he has done exactly what we needed him to do -- and more -- and he is ready to enjoy new challenges and joys as a full-time grandfather, husband, and father. While of course this means that we will be managing a transition at AHS and in our leadership team, we will work together to find the next great leader of Avon High School, someone who can take the torch from Mr. Renkawitz and keep running...our work is a marathon, not a sprint. 

Attached you will find the brochure that was shared statewide on March 16. We are working with Cooperative Educational Services to assist in our search and interview process. A representative interview committee will be formed, and our target date to begin interviews is April 27, 2022. We are seeking faculty, staff, administrators, students, and parents for this important advisory committee as a critical component in providing input as we search for our new principal. If you are interested in being considered for the interview committee, please contact Mr. Roberto Medic via [email protected], no later than March 25, 2022. Our goal is to have our candidate announced by June 1, with a start date of July 1, 2022.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership.

Bridget H. Carnemolla, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools