Search begins for new Bennington Elementary principal


BENNINGTON >> As Bennington Elementary School principal James Law enters his final year at the school, the district has begun a search to find his replacement.

Law, who is the longest-tenured principal in the BSD, announced last February his intention to retire from his position at the conclusion of his contract, which expires on June 30, 2017. "It has been a privilege to serve in the schools and to work with the many fine administrators, professional and support personnel, board members, families, students, and community members in Bennington," wrote Law in his letter of resignation, "I appreciate and value the opportunity I have had to work in the district."

Law moved to Bennington Elementary prior to the 2006 school year, having previously been principal at Monument Elementary School.

The position has not yet been posted on SchoolSpring, but is expected to be in the near future. According to the planned posting, applications are expected to be submitted by Oct. 7. "The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU) is seeking the ideal candidate to fill a future opening for an Elementary School Principal," reads the job description, "The Principal shall use leadership, organizational, supervisory and management skills to promote the effective and efficient operations of the school within Board goals and policies and to direct the delivery of educational services to maximize student learning."

The preferred candidate has at least four years of experience as a principal, and a master's degree. SVSU director of human resources Ed McTernan will head the search committee, which will also include BSD board members Jackie Prue, Jackie Kelly, and Marie DeCoff, along with an administrator, two parents, two teachers, and a paraprofessional.

"Why are we doing this now, in September?" said SVSU Superintendent Jim Culkeen, "We want to be aggressive and out there early. We feel that if we wait until December a lot of good candidates might already commit. We're looking for someone that already has four years as a principal because we feel that it's a challenging position, and we want somebody with the experience to take that job." He added that principals from other schools who could be interested in the position would appreciate the ability to give their current employers plenty of notice of their departure, if hired, which is another reason for starting the search process early. Finally, he felt that the transition time allowed to Michael Mugits, the new principal at Molly Stark Elementary School was short, and he'd like the new BSD principal to have more time to get acquainted with the school before the end of this school year.

Contact Derek Carson at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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