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Sad News

November 6, 2020 

Dear New London Public Schools Community, 

It is with the deepest regret and sadness that I inform you about the loss of a long-standing administrator of New London Public Schools. We were notified this morning that Mr. Roland Dunham, Assistant Principal of the Bennie Dover Jackson Multi-Magnet School Campus has passed away. 

Mr. Roland Dunham began his NLPS career as an English Teacher in 2002. In 2009 he was appointed as the Dean of Students at New London High School. Beginning in 2011, Mr. Dunham served as an Assistant Principal for Bennie Dover Jackson Middle School as well as an Assistant Principal on Special Assignment in support of several district initiatives. During his eighteen-year tenure with NLPS his caring and concern for students was unwavering. He will be greatly missed. 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Mr. Dunham. This news is sure to raise many emotions, concerns, and questions for the entire community of the City of New London, especially the staff and students of the school district. New London Public Schools has both district-level and school-level crisis intervention teams made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, and school personnel at difficult times such as this. Counselors are available at all schools for any students or staff members who may need support surrounding this loss. 

We have enclosed some information that may be useful to you in helping your child at home including a list of key contacts for each building. If you feel that your children are having difficulty, we encourage you to discuss their thoughts and feelings with them. This will help them to work through their grief or concerns. If you would like additional information or need assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to the contact listed for your school. 

Thank you for your support of our school system as we work together to cope with this unexpected loss of our beloved member of our school community. 

Cynthia Ritchie 
Superintendent of Schools 

Please see the following documents as resources: 

Brief Facts and Tips for Addressing Grief with Children

NLPS Support Staff Contact Information

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