Mount Greylock High Hopes For New Principal By Year's EndBy Andy McKeever
08:58PM / Wednesday, April 25, 2012
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Mount Greylock Regional High School hopes to fill its vacant principal position by the end of the school year.
Superintendent of Schools Rose Ellis said a new principal should be hired by early summer.
According to Superintendent of Schools Rose Ellis, the job has been advertised nationally and qualified candidates have already responded.
At the same time, the school administrators have organized a 14-member search committee to help pick the next principal.
"We are getting a very good response at this time," Ellis said Wednesday night. "It is a national search."
The school is seeking a new principal after Tim Payne resigned to take the post of principal at Mount Anthony Union Middle School in his hometown of Bennington, Vt. Payne will end his work at Mount Greylock on July 1.
The search committee consists of five parents — one of which is School Committee member Carolyn "Carrie" Greene — five staff members, two students and Ellis and Director of Pupil Services Kimberly Grady.
"I'm hoping to start tomorrow," Ellis said. "I'm trying to find a balance between Lanesborough and Williamstown [residents]."
Additionally, Ellis said she is in the process of organizing two focus groups. On May 7, Ellis will have a focus group with faculty and either the same evening or the next one with parents.
Ellis said the entire process should be complete by the "end of the year or shortly after."
School Committee member Heather Williams said that the timeline is short but that the hiring is feasible. She added that if a qualified candidate does not apply, the school should not rush into hiring somebody. Ellis said that she is confident that officials will find a principal in that time frame after seeing the applications that have already been submitted.