Chris Sputo Named Leverett Elementary Principal
Chris Sputo Named Leverett Elementary Principal
Posted on 04/27/2017
Chris Sputo

The Fayetteville Board of Education voted unanimously this evening to approve the promotion of Chris Sputo to the role of principal of Leverett Elementary School, effective July 1, 2017.

“Chris Sputo is the right fit for Leverett Elementary,” said Dr. Matthew Wendt, Superintendent of Schools. “Our interview process was thorough and thoughtful, involving parents, community members, Leverett teachers and staff members, and administrators. Mrs. Sputo’s dedication to Fayetteville Public Schools, her experience, enthusiasm, and focus on academic achievement, teacher instruction, and school climate made her our number one choice.”

Mrs. Sputo currently serves as assistant principal at Owl Creek School, a position she has held since 2012. She will replace current Leverett principal Cheryl Putnam, who has resigned to relocate to Oklahoma City.

“It is hard to put into words the feelings I have about becoming the principal at Leverett.  My heart is overflowing,” said Sputo. “It is a dream come true to be able to lead the team at the school that helped educate my own children.  The children at Leverett are representative of our world. I can’t wait to be a part of the Leverett community.  Leverett is a special place, and I look forward to working with great teachers and support staff.”

Sputo earned a bachelor’s of science in education and a master’s in educational administration from the University of Arkansas.  She is currently pursuing her doctorate in education from the University of Arkansas.

Prior to serving as the assistant principal at Owl Creek, Mrs. Sputo served as dean of students at Ramay Junior High. She has worked in administration as District Special Projects Coordinator, overseeing ELL, professional development, career and technical education and ACSIP.  Mrs. Sputo’s career with Fayetteville Public Schools began at Ramay Junior High as the career and technical education teacher, a position she held for nine years.

“Working in the classroom, in the central office, and in school leadership has given me a unique perspective of the Fayetteville School District.  These experiences positioned me to serve as principal of Leverett Elementary School,” said Sputo.

“I want to extend my appreciation to the parents and staff members who provided FPS with input and feedback.  I extend a special thank you to those parents, teachers, administrators and classified employees who served on the screening and interview committees. This inclusive process served us well,” stated Dr. Wendt.