CHESHIRE -- Interviews for the next principal of Hoosac Valley Middle & High School will begin this week to replace Principal Vinnie Regan, who will be leaving on June 30.

"We're very said with Vinnie leaving, but he's leaving for a good reason," said Adams-Cheshire Regional Schools Superintendent Kristen Gordon.

She said that Regan and his wife will be relocating to the Springfield area; his wife will be working as a medical resident at Baystate Medical Center. Gordon said the couple is also expecting a baby this fall, "which is exciting news to them." Regan is currently serving his second year as principal of Hoosac Valley.

Gordon said the district will be interviewing 14 candidates whom "look really excellent and very qualified, so we're excited about that."

The superintendent has convened a search committee comprised of teachers, district administrators, parents, students and School Committee members.

"If we need to, if we want to after the interviews, we'll be doing school visits," which Gordon said will help the committee see how the candidates lead at their current schools.

Gordon said the group has taken feedback from the community and put together a list of "principal qualities" the school community would like to see in Hoosac's next head of school.


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"What we're looking for is someone who has great vision for the school; a team leader; someone who's consistent and fair; who loves the students; who's a collaborator; excellent listener, team player and communicator; someone who'll be visible to students and staff and the community, is a problem-solver and good listener," Gordon said

"We hope to be able to give you news about the new principal by the second week in May," she said in a post on the district's website.

Gordon said academic priorities for Hoosac Valley include developing "common assessments" at the middle and high school, implementing national Common Core standards for learning, and working more collaboratively throughout the school.

Hoosac Valley operates seven grade levels, six through 12, in a new building which opened in fall 2012. According to state data, there are currently about 693 students enrolled in and 51 teachers staffing the school.