Sennett Middle School principal leaves post after less than month in charge

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MADISON, Wis. — Sennett Middle School Principal Dr. Jeffery Copeland is no longer employed by the school or the district.

Madison Metropolitan School District officials confirmed Copeland’s departure on Tuesday. He was hired shortly before the start of the school year and was placed on a leave of absence last week.

In an email to Sennett families, district officials said Dr. Susan Abplanalp and Randi Kubek will serve as co-interim principals for the rest of the school year. Assistant Principal Matt Inda, who had been serving as Principal-designee during Copeland’s leave, will return to his original role.

Dr. Abplanalp and Kubek recently retired, but are returning in order to help Sennett transition. Dr. Abplanalp worked in MMSD for 24 years, serving as principal at multiple Madison schools and as an administrator for 13 years. Kubek served as assistant principal at Madison East for 14 years before her retirement.

District spokesperson Tim LeMonds told News 3 Now that the district could not comment further on Copeland’s departure because it is a personnel matter.