parents received a phone message Friday afternoon with a familiar theme from the 2011-12 school year. Principal Catherine Zinni is leaving, but unlike the others school chiefs who are departing, she will remain in the district. Zinni will become the principal at .
Willett's new principal will be Kate Campbell, who Zinni described in the message as having "years of experience in Attleboro schools."
Zinni has been the principal at Willett since 2008.
"As a PTO president, I'm sure she will do amazing work there, but she will be greatly missed," wrote Willett PTO President Laurie Brasil in an email to Attleboro-Seekonk Patch. "She has been welcoming to new ideas, which has made for a fresh and fun school year. We are so grateful for all her support. Thacher is lucky to have her."
She continued, "As a parent, I'm mad. Since I have been a parent at Willett, Mrs. Zinni has been my fourth principal. Kids and families need consistency, we deserve it. Willett is not just a school, it's a family, and now we are losing the head of our family. To say I am frustrated is not even the half of it."
Thacher principal Elaine Sabra announced earlier this month that she was leaving for the same post in the Somerset school district, which is closer to her home.