STAMFORD, Vt. -- The search for a new principal for the elementary school is under way.
Cynthia Lamore, chairwoman of the board of School Directors, said Thursday that the board had finalized the advertisement for the principal position at its Wednesday night meeting, and expected it to be published by the end of the week.
"At this time, it's a full-time principal position. However, the principal's contract does state that the principal could teach up to 50 percent," she said.
The board is looking for an educator who is a strong leader, believes in a student-first approach, has a proven track record of student academic success, is an excellent communicator, has strong interpersonal skills and has a good sense of humor, among other qualities, she said.
A deadline for applications hasn't been set because the board didn't want to limit itself, she said.
"When the board meets again on July 5, we will screen through the applications we have received, and maybe start a paper screening process," she said.
The search for a new principal comes after current Principal Beth Choquette announced her resignation at the School Directors meeting on June 14. Choquette, who was hired in June 2006, accepted a position as principal of the Bridge Street Elementary School in Northampton.
Lamore said the School Directors did talk Wednesday night about the possibility that there may not be a new principal in place by the beginning
Choquette has volunteered to contact the Vermont Principals Association, which would have a list of interim principals, Lamore said.
In the meantime, the school board is looking to establish an interview committee consisting of the assistant or interim superintendent, two school board members, one teacher, one community member and one or two parents, she said.
"We're thinking sevenish people would be good. We don't want it to be too big or too small," she said.
People wishing to serve on the interview committee can contact Lamore at 802-694-1274.
Lamore said they're also looking for volunteers to help with some summer projects at the elementary school.
Those projects include assembling desks and chairs, putting Styrofoam around the basketball hoops and fixing some window screens, she said.
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