Friday, March 8, 2013
Leader Of The Pack
Amherst Crocker Farm Elementary School is in the final stage of acquiring a new principal to replace Mike Morris, who was kicked upstairs into Central Office to head up teacher evaluations, a new state mandated protocol.
Originally 20 candidates -- 9 men and 11 women -- applied for the position. A volunteer screening committee interviewed 9 semi- finalists and whittled the field down to five finalists, all women.
Earlier in the week the finalists met with parents and other stakeholders.
Two of the final candidates are from out of state so ARPS paid their travel expenses, roughly $3,000 total.
Currently Crocker Farm is being run by co-principals Derek Shea and Anne Marie Foley. Ms Foley is a finalist for the permanent position of principal.
With two young children of his own and a coaching commitment to Amherst College in the Fall, Mr Shea opted not to put his hat in the ring, but said he "looks forward to coming back next year as Assistant Principal."
Kathy Mazur, Human Resources Director, is currently checking references on the finalists. Superintendent Maria Geryk will review the feedback forms and then make her decision. Any offer will of course be contingent on passing a criminal background check.
The new principal will start July 1.