Search continues for Fort River Elementary School principal

  • Fort River Elementary School officials are still hopeful they will have a principal in place by this summer. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Monday, June 07, 2021

AMHERST — A search for a new principal at Fort River Elementary School is reopening after the preferred candidate in the previous process took a job outside public K-12 education.

A letter sent last week to staff and families at Fort River from Superintendent Michael Morris and Doreen Cunningham, assistant superintendent for Diversity, Equity and Human Resources, informed them that a new search would have to start.

“The screening committee, interview committee, staff members and Fort River family members who provided feedback strongly supported one of the four finalists as the best fit for Fort River Elementary, and we agreed with their recommendation,” Morris and Cunningham wrote. “Unfortunately, that candidate chose to accept another position outside of public K-12 education.”

In addition, a second finalist informed school officials that she was no longer interested in the position.

The search is necessary after both Principal Diane Chamberlain and Assistant Principal Renee Greenfield announced in January their departures effective July 1.

The plan is still to have a new principal in place this summer, with the latest application deadline June 7.

Scott Merzbach can be reached at smerzbach@gazettenet.com.