LENOX -- Morris Elementary School principal Timothy Lee confirmed on Friday that he will apply for the post to be vacated by Schools Superintendent Edward W. Costa II, who plans to retire on June 30.

"I'm certainly interested, it would be a really good opportunity to remain in Lenox," Lee told The Eagle. He is certified by the state as a qualified superintendent.

Lee remains a finalist for the superintendent's opening in Greenfield, but the school committee there is not scheduled to make a decision until late this month.

"If I learn that I'm a viable candidate in Lenox, I'll withdraw my application in Greenfield," Lee said.

In Belchertown, where Lee had been chosen as a superintendent finalist, the School Committee voted 5-0 Thursday night to offer the top job to John Provost of Easthampton, who had already been tapped for the same post in Northampton. He has been superintendent of the North Brookfield public schools in rural Worcester County since 2011.

On Friday morning, via Twitter, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz posted Pro-
vost's acceptance of that city's school superintendency, which would pay between $140,000 to $150,000 per year. Lee had been among the finalists there last year, but the school board chose to reopen the search.

Since Provost declined the Belchertown offer, the search will be reopened there.


But Lee said he has no intention of reapplying. Belchertown would pay between $120,000 and $135,000, while Greenfield has advertised its opening at $135,000.

Information from masslive.com was included in this report.