ADAMS -- A seven-year veteran of Berkshire Arts & Technology Charter Public School (BART) will soon depart to pursue a doctorate in education.
Benjamin Klompus, BART's principal of five years and former dean of students, has been accepted into Harvard Graduate School of Education's Doctorate of Education Leadership program and ships off to Cambridge in August.
"I'm committed to improving schools, and this program has demonstrated success in preparing future leaders of efforts to deepen and broaden the impact and quality of K through 12 education," Klompus said Thursday.
The three-year program involves a "combination of theory and heavy doses of practice," Klompus said, and the school's website says it "integrates the fields of education, business and public policy in visionary ways."
The description continues, "It is a program for those with the vision, moral compass and resilience of purpose to successfully translate their passion for education into extraordinary achievement."
Klompus underwent a grueling application process, which included eight hours of interviews over two days in February, to score his spot.
"[The acceptance call] was a pretty exciting phone call to get," Klompus said.
BART Executive Director Julia Bowen said Thursday that Klompus is an "exceptional principal" who will be "sorely missed."
"What makes him so terrific is he doesn't just do the work, he creates the systems," Bowen said. "Even when he leaves, his systems will keep going."
Klompus took the helm in instructing teachers on how to better employ data and curriculum materials, bringing in the tiered instruction model and fostering student collaboration.
Bowen said the school is casting a wide net to find possible replacements.
"I'm personally undertaking a wide search," Bowen said. "As far and as wide as we can go."
This includes the major urban markets from coast to coast, but also Berkshire County, Bowen said.
"We want the best candidate, we want the right candidate," Bowen said. "If they're here, that's great. If they move here to take the position, that's great too."
Klompus said he would miss the job.
"I love being principal of this school," he said. "It's a truly amazing place. ... My time here was really the impetus that led me to want to do on a broad scale what we've been able to do at BART."
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