NORTH ADAMS -- Two schools within the North Berkshire School Union will begin looking for new principals.
Superintendent Jonathan Lev said search committees will be formed to replace Linda Reardon, principal of Clarksburg Elementary School, and Anne Mahoney, principal of Emma Miller Memorial School in Savoy.
The salary for the Savoy position will be roughly $60,000, and for Clarksburg between $75,000 and $80,000, Lev said.
Mahoney will be leaving for health reasons on June 30 after six years at the helm of the 40-student, K-5 school, Lev said.
The position in Savoy is unique in that it's a teaching/principal position, he said. The person instructs in addition to handling administrative responsibilities.
Mahoney had been providing instruction under Title I as well as reading and writing. What the new principal will teach will depend on their individual skills, Lev said.
The Savoy school's small size means the next principal will have to be flexible and willing to become close to the students, he said.
"It's almost like looking for the head of a family," Lev said.
Reardon, who has been at Clarksburg for five years, will retire at the end of September, Lev said. Her career included teaching in North Adams Public Schools before becoming principal of Brayton Elementary School.
"Linda came in and worked hard. She's also a resident of Clarksburg," he said. "The school has made great strides with her."
The position in the K-8 school of 180 students has more administrative responsibilities than the Savoy position, he said.
Search committees in both towns will be formed and will include parents, school committee members, administrators, teachers and school staff, Lev said.
"I'll be screening five or six applicants to be interviewed by the team," he said. "They will pick two or three finalists who will then move ahead to be interviewed by the school committees in open session."
The committees could make a recommendation for a candidate, he said, but Massachusetts laws state the hiring of a principal is ultimately the superintendent's decision.
Lev said one of the union strengths is the cooperation among the three member schools' principals and the three shared staff members in the union's office on Church Street in North Adams. He also spoke about the relationship that principals of small schools form between students and also parents.
"They become a very important part of the community," he said.
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