By: Melinda Tuhus

Oliver Barton, director of Common Ground High School, has taught his students many lessons over the years, not the least of which is how to kill a chicken. The students who served as cooking crew and wait staff at his going-away party Thursday night did him proud in that arena — and in others.

Barton said he’s leaving because Common Ground is in great shape and he’s ready for a new professional challenge. He’ll become principal of Old Saybrook High School.

Liz Cox, Common Ground’s dean of students, will take over. The board is conducting a national search for an executive director, who will oversee all aspects of the school and related programs.

Read more at the New Haven Independent website.