Adams-Cheshire School Committee Aims To Hire New Principals SoonBy Andy McKeever
08:30PM / Monday, April 30, 2012
CHESHIRE, Mass. — School officials hope to have a new high school principal by the end of May and an interim principal for C.T. Plunkett Elementary shortly afterward.
According to Superintendent Alfred Skrocki, two search committees have been formed and the job posting for the high school position closed on May 11. Skrocki said eight candidates have already applied for the position.
"We're hoping to have this completed by the end of May," Skrocki told the Adams-Cheshire Regional School Committee at its meeting Monday night in Cheshire.
Hoosac Valley High School Principal Henry Duval stated his intention earlier this year to take one of the two assistant principal slots at the newly renovated high and middle school this fall. Duval, who has been principal for eight years, said he enjoyed interaction with the students, an aspect of the principal's job that will likely decrease with the addition of the middle school and more administrative responsibilities.
The interim principal position for C.T. Plunkett Elementary School is expected to be advertised on Tuesday. Skrocki is retiring in October and the School Committee appointed Plunkett Principal Kristin Gordon to temporarily fill the superintendent position.
The search committees consist of parents and faculty, Skrocki said. He also said he has developed a transition plan for Gordon to take over his position.
The committee also discussed how to handle the benefits from a new health care law. The committee adopted state law that allows the school district to renegotiate health plans in search of savings, but requires it to pass on 25 percent of those savings back to the employees.
According to the district's Business Manager David Hinkell, the easiest way would be to give employees a premium holiday.
"We need to get this done quickly," Hinkell said. "There are all kinds of ways to mitigate this but the easiest way is a premium holiday."