Fort River Elementary School
The revolving door for principals in the Amherst Public School System is certainly not slowing down any. Two more announced their departures just in the past six weeks, each with only two years at the helm.
And some parents were not overly happy with the process to replace Bobbie Finocchio at Fort River School.
Out of three finalists only one remained (Doreen Cunningham) as Patty Bode, one of the finalists, was just assigned interim Principal of the Regional Middle School to replace Marisa Mendonsa.
Update: They changed their minds
The Select Board hired Bernie Lynch, a professional headhunter, who instituted a nationwide search for our new Town Manager. Out of 45 good resumes a committee whittled it down to three and even though one dropped out at the last minute the Select Board still had two excellent candidates to chose from.
Although if they don't make an announcement tonight at Town Meeting about their chosen candidate, Maria Capriola, people are going to start wondering if she changed her mind.
Unlike the Town Manager search this school principal search has thus far involved far less public input. Anointing the only remaining candidate could breed even more mistrust, making an already challenging job untenable.
The administration figured that out. According to HR Director Kathy Mazur they are going to do a do over: