MAUHS principal position posted

BENNINGTON — The search for a new principal for Mount Anthony Union High School took a step forward on Friday when the job description and application were officially posted.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 28. After all applications have been received they will be reviewed by a search committee, which will then, per Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union policy, recommend final candidates to the superintendent, who will in turn recommend a final candidate to the MAU board.

The school began the search for a new principal in August when then-principal Glenda Cresto resigned from the position. Cresto had already announced that she would be leaving MAU when her contract expired in June of next year, so the announcement came as something of a surprise.

"The board and Ms. Cresto have jointly agreed that the future path of Mount Anthony Union High School requires different leadership to move forward," said Superintendent Jim Culkeen in a prepared statement after the announcement. "The board appreciates Ms. Cresto's leadership the past two years and her commitment to student achievement. We wish her well in her future endeavors."

SVSU Director of Curriculum Development Laura Boudreau is currently serving as MAUHS principal. She was appointed as a temporary principal after Cresto's resignation, with the intention that a long-term interim replacement would be found after about a month, but Culkeen announced last month that she had agreed to remain in the position for the remainder of the school year.

"The (SVSU) is seeking the ideal candidate to assume the role of Mount Anthony Union High 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."

"Candidate will provide collaborative leadership in the following areas," it continues. "Ability to lead and facilitate collaborative professional teams to develop and meet school effectiveness goal; Provide a safe and secure educational environment, including behavior management; Promote a positive and supportive school climate that fosters academic success for all students; Ensure implementation of approved curriculum, research-based instructional strategies, and assessments to meet student achievement goals; Provide professional development opportunities that align with the School/District strategic plans; In conjunction with administrators, interview candidates and make recommendations to the Superintendent for hiring highly qualified staff; Develop positive collaborative relationships between families, staff, school, and community."

Qualifications for the position include at least three years of relevant administrative experience and demonstrated skill in several areas related to the position. A master's degree is preferred. Also included in the application process is a short essay limited to 4,000, or roughly 500 words, "What special talents and abilities would you bring to this position?"

The full application can be viewed on School Spring.

Derek Carson can be reached at, at @DerekCarsonBB on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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