PHS names principal

Sunday, May 25
PITTSFIELD — The School Department has hired Christopher Sposato, the vice principal at Hoosac Valley High School in Cheshire, as the new principal at Pittsfield High School, an administrator said Friday.

The 39-year-old Sposato, a 1987 Pittsfield High graduate who also has taught at Reid Middle School, officially will replace interim Principal Anne C. Beauregard on Aug. 1.

Beauregard will return to her former position as the city's director of alternative education, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Negotiations Barbara Malkas said yesterday. Beauregard had been appointed Pittsfield High School's interim principal on Oct. 10.

At the time of that appointment, Superintendent of Schools Katherine E. Darlington said that the School Department planned to hire a permanent principal at Pittsfield High for the following academic year.

The School Committee, which was not involved in the hiring, is expected to formally approve Sposato's appointment when it meets Wednesday.

Faculty and staff at Pittsfield High were told Thursday that Sposato had been hired, School Committee Chairwoman Kathleen A. Amuso said yesterday.

Sposato, who has been vice principal at Hoosac Valley for one year, said he applied for the Pittsfield High job because of his commitment to the high school and his vision of its future.

"I went to Pittsfield High School from ninth through 12th grade, and I really felt an affinity for it," Sposato said. "Once I got my administrative degree (certification to be a principal), I wanted to come back and apply."

Four finalists, including three internal candidates, were selected from the original pool of six applicants, Malkas said. Two interviews were conducted with each of the final four.

"This was a really, really difficult decision," Malkas said, adding that all of the finalists possessed good credentials. Sposato, however, possessed the "skill set" to match the high school's future needs, including an ability to deal with the student behavioral issues that occurred at PHS earlier this year.

"Not only those issues," Malkas said referring to student behavior, "but all the issues of running a comprehensive high school. Pittsfield is a large public high school in the middle of the city and Berkshire County.

"There are many issues that need to be dealt with at the high school level, and we felt Chris has the skill set to address those issues," Malkas said.

Sposato taught special education at Reid for three years, but left in 2003 to become a research assistant in Allentown, Pa. He spent the following year as a special-education teacher in Allentown before taking his current position at Hoosac Valley.

Amuso said Sposato has 12 years of experience as a special-education teacher, consultant and research assistant in the development of behavioral modification plans. He received a bachelor of science degree in secondary school social studies from American International College in Springfield and a master's degree in special education from Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams.

After receiving his master's, Sposato took additional courses at Lehigh University. He also has completed the educational leadership K-12 principal leadership program at Pennsylvania State University.

Sposato's wife, Kimberly Grady, a 1989 graduate of Pittsfield High, served as the city's director of alternative education this year after Beauregard was named interim principal at PHS.

To reach Tony Dobrowolski:, (413) 496-6224.


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