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May 27, 2013

Principals selected for Triton

Interim leaders named to permanent positions

BYFIELD — After interviewing numerous candidates, Triton Regional School Superintendent Christopher Farmer announced last week that the “new” principals at the both the middle and high school will be the current acting principals.

Middle School interim Principal Alan MacRae and Kathryn Dawe, the high school interim principal, will continue on in their roles, with three-year contracts set to run through 2016. Salaries have not yet been negotiated, but the ranges are between $95,000 to $110,000 for the middle school position and between $105,000 and $120,000 for the high school principal.

Liz Finn will continue in the role of assistant principal at the middle school while Scott Brennan and Sarah Scruton, whose contracts are still in effect, will remain in their dual role as assistant principals at the high school.

Searches for both positions included interviews of other candidates by staff, parents and administrators, and in the case of the high school principal, the two-stage interview process involved five of the 23 applicants gleaned from a national search that attracted applicants from Arizona, Colorado, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Farmer said that during the course of the debriefing and discussion, after interviewing four candidates for the middle school principal position, it became clear that there was general support for making the appointment of MacRae without conducting a second round of interviews.

“The calm way in which Alan MacRae took over responsibility for the school on short notice last August was impressive, as are the strides that the school has made during the course of the year,” Farmer said. “The staff panel made it clear that they have had their best year in a long time.”

Farmer praised the respected and effective team that MacRae and Finn have become during the last year, saying now they could move forward and build on that solid foundation “to bring faculty together in a collaborative effort to provide the best they can for every student.”

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