Alex Harvey, an administrator in the Greenwich public school district, has been hired as the new assistant principal of Holmes Elementary School. The hiring was announced at Tuesday's Board of Education meeting.

Adam Carley, the school's previous assistant principal, resigned at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

"I am overjoyed to be selected as the next assistant principal for Holmes School, and I thank the Darien Board of Education for this exciting opportunity," Harvey said in a news release announcing the appointment. "Throughout the selection process, I have come to know Darien as a place of integrity and respect, and I can't wait to begin working with the students, staff, parents and principal of Holmes School."

Harvey will start in his new role after interim Superintendent Lynne Pierson and Greenwich Superintendent William McKersie agree on a release date for Harvey from his current administrative job. When a school employee is under contract, the districts' superintendent must agree on a release date of the employee, with a maximum holding time of 30 days, Pierson said.

For the last two years, Harvey has served as the Greenwich district's instructional coach for math instruction in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to the release. He also lead the Elementary Math Assessment Cadre which develops district assessments aligned to Common Core State Standards.

Prior to serving as an instructional coach, Harvey was a fourth and fifth grade teacher for 12 years in Greenwich.

He has a master's degree and sixth-year certificate from Sacred Heart University, according to the release.

Carley announced his resignation from Holmes School in March 2013 to devote more time to REACH Ascension -- Resiliency Empathy Acceptance Confidence Hope -- which seeks to help underprivileged children in Newtown, and plans to expand into the Greater Danbury area. Carley is the director and executive director of PEAK -- Promoting Excellence in All Kids -- a subgroup of REACH, as well as a REACH curriculum co-leader.

The organization develops individual academic programs for students beyond the normal school day.

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