School news in brief

Pembroke picks lower school principal

David D’Ercole, now with the Shanghai American School in China, will take over next fall as lower school principal at Pembroke Hill School.

Before joining the Shanghai American School as vice principal in 2012, he was the elementary school principal for Butler Global School in Washington, D.C., and the principal for two private schools in Colombia, South America, according to a news release from Pembroke Hill.

D’Ercole, a native of Lawrence, has a master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Baker University.

“I am impressed with David’s own personal commitment to life-long learning,” said Steve Bellis, Pembroke Hill’s head of school. “It has taken him to South America, Washington, D.C., and, now, Shanghai. As an adult, he has become bilingual in Spanish/English and conversationally fluent in Mandarin Chinese.”

Lee’s Summit adds milk cartons to recycling effort

The Lee's Summit School District is expanding its recycling program by adding milk cartons to the mix. The district recently received a $1,000 grant from the Carton Council of North America, which will be used to buy new recycling containers for the elementary schools.

During the 2008-09 school year, the district began collaborating with Deffenbaugh Industries to pilot a districtwide recycling program called One Earth, One Chance. It has generated more than $44,000 for the schools and resulted in the recycling of more than 5.86 million pounds of materials.