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BHS Asst. Principal Smokler Resigns

James Brown will take over assistant principal's position for the remainder of the school year.

David Smokler, who came to Belmont High School last year as assistant principal for sophomores and seniors, has resigned, according to Principal Dan Richards. Smokler had been on an indefinite leave from his position when he resigned.

"I want to thank Mr. Smokler for his past year of service to Belmont High School and the community," said Richards in his blog today, Nov. 2.

Smokler came to Belmont after serving as assistant principal at Pembroke High School and was a familiar face at student events – he was a judge for "Belmont Idol" – and sporting events.

During Smokler’s absence, James Brown, the High School’s Lead Guidance counselor, has been appointed as the interim assistant principal for grades 10 and 12 for the remainder of the school year.

"I have every confidence that he will serve our school community well in his new interim role," said Richards.

Jenny Guellnitz, who has been assigned Mr. Brown’s guidance duties for the past month, will remain in her position as guidance counselor.

"Guellnitz has proven to be an asset to the department and has established positive relationships with students, faculty, staff and families. Her transition to Mr. Brown’s position is more than welcomed and will prove to be seamless," said Richards.

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