A press release from the Upper Moreland School District

UPPER MORELAND >> The Upper Moreland Board of School Directors accepted the resignation of one principal while also appointing two other to principal posts.

The board accepted the resignation for the purpose of retirement of Upper Moreland Middle School Principal Charles Hafele at its monthly meeting held June 21. Hafele’s last day of work in the district will be Aug. 2.

During his 17 years of work in the Upper Moreland School District, Hafele served as a high school assistant principal, a middle school assistant principal, and, for the past 10 years, as principal of Upper Moreland Middle School.

In accepting Hafele’s resignation, the board also reassigned Upper Moreland Intermediate School Principal Dr. Joseph Waters to the position of Upper Moreland Middle School principal, effective Aug. 3.

Waters, who earned his undergraduate degree at La Salle University and his master’s degree from Arcadia University, holds a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Immaculata University. Over the course of his 41-year career in Upper Moreland, Waters taught both general and special education at three different elementary buildings and served as principal of Cold Spring Elementary School for seven years. In 2004, he became the founding principal of the Upper Moreland Intermediate School.

“I am committed to this community and have dedicated my entire career to the Upper Moreland School District,” Waters said. “I value the strong sense of community that exists here and appreciate the support that parents and community members have provided me throughout the years. I am very excited about this new journey in my educational career, excited to work with an excellent group of educators and to continue my work with the students and families who have progressed through our Intermediate School program.”

To fill the vacancy left by Waters’ transition from the Intermediate School to the Upper Moreland Middle School, the board promoted Elementary Center Assistant Principal Dr. Michael Bair to the position of Upper Moreland Intermediate School principal.

Bair, who is beginning his 15th year with the Upper Moreland School District, has served as a regular and special education teacher at the elementary and high school levels. As an administrator for the past five years, Bair has worked in the central office as a program specialist and as assistant principal at the Elementary Center. Bair earned his undergraduate degree as a triple major in elementary education, special education and early childhood at Temple University. He holds a master’s degree in special education from Holy Family University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Immaculata University.

“The principal position at the Upper Moreland Intermediate School has always been my dream job,” Bair said. “I am elated for the opportunity to lead the Upper Moreland Intermediate School staff and students forward in a positive way. I truly love the Upper Moreland School District and community. This is a wonderful place where I will continue to grow as a professional. I can only hope that I will be lucky enough to be able to spend the rest of my career in the Upper Moreland School District.”

Superintendent Dr. Robert J. Milrod said the school district will now begin a search for an elementary school assistant principal to replace Bair as he transitions to principal.

Milrod thanked Hafele for his years of service to the middle school and high school and congratulated Waters and Bair on their new positions within the district.

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