WEST NEWBURY — The Dr. John C. Page Elementary School has a new leader.
Jeff Mulqueen, superintendent of the Pentucket Regional School District, has tapped Dustin Gray of Dover, N.H., to assume the principal’s post, effective July 1. Gray fills the spot left vacant by Jack O’Mara, who retired in December.
According to a press release issued by Mulqueen on Monday, a selection committee comprised of parents, educators, community representatives and Pentucket administration interviewed Gray, who was one of two finalists out of an initial pool of 49 applicants.
Subsequently, Gray and the other finalist, Christopher Snyder, met with parents and teachers at Page School on Jan. 24. Snyder currently works as assistant principal and curriculum coordinator at Atkinson Academy in New Hampshire.
The superintendent said he decided to hire Gray “after considering responses during the intensive interview, feedback from parents and educators, and information gathered during reference verification.”
“His experience, knowledge and refined interpersonal skills make Mr. Gray a wonderful match for Page School,” Mulqueen added.
Currently the elementary school principal in Rockland, Gray previously served as principal for seven years in Dover, N.H. Prior to that he worked as an assistant principal in Londonderry, N.H., and as an elementary school teacher in Dover, N.H., and Alexandria, Va.
“His experiences include emergency response planning, managing Section 504 plans and special education school services, implementing K-4 STEM instructional models, and supporting healthy school initiatives and school campus and green school building design,” according to the press release.
Mulqueen also touted Gray’s ability to get parents actively involved in the school while also reaching out to partners within the greater community.
“During his interview, Mr. Gray was clear about all parents having a part in the education of their children and in the life of the school,” he said.