School officials interviewing CHS principal candidates

School officials interviewing CHS principal candidates

Looking for 'talented educational leaders'

CUMBERLAND – School officials on Monday began conducting interviews of qualified candidates seeking to take the post being vacated by Cumberland High School Principal Alan Tenreiro.

Supt. Robert Mitchell told The Valley Breeze there’s been no shortage of candidates who want the position.

“There are some impressive candidates who have applied,” he said, adding that candidates are applying from all different states.

Once top school officials have the person they want for the job, they’ll forward the candidate’s name to the Cumberland School Committee for consideration, said Mitchell. That will likely happen before the school board’s meeting on Thursday, May 25, and no later than the meeting of June 8, he said.

“Ideally, we may have someone by next Thursday,” he said.

Once a new principal is selected, that person will be part of the process of hiring two new assistant principals for the school, said Mitchell. The application period for the assistant principal positions ended last Friday.

Mitchell acknowledged that there’s always concern when you replace someone in a position “as important as high school principal,” but said the situation at CHS, where three top educators are departing, isn’t anything out of the ordinary.

“I’m confident that we’ll get a quality person to lead the high school, and two quality assistants as well,” he said.

The three administrators CHS is losing are national Principal of the Year Tenreiro, who is headed to Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket along with Assistant Principal Jessie Ann Butash, and Assistant Principal Adolfo Costa, who is headed to Lincoln Middle School.

Mitchell said there’s been a high volume of applications since the three jobs were posted on the online education job site SchoolSpring. The plan is to get a head principal in place first, he said, and then let that person help decide who his or her two assistant principals will be.

About qualities school officials are looking for in the next principal, Mitchell said they’re always looking for people who are strong instructional leaders. The goal is not to just have someone who is good with organizational and administrative duties.

“We’re looking for talented educational leaders,” he said.