October 1, 2022

Region 4 Using Facilitator in Search Process for New Principal at Valley Regional High School, Community Forum is Tuesday

REGION 4—    The Region 4 Board of Education is using a facilitator from Project Learn in the search process for a new principal at Valley Regional High School.

The board has begun working with a facilitator from Project Learn, a regional education consortium, as it begins the process of selecting a new principal for the high school. The facilitator will hold a public forum for parents and community members Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Valley Regional High School auditorium in Deep River.

The facilitator is scheduled to meet with faculty and other staff at the high school Thursday, and with students, including members of the student council, on Friday. Members of the Region 4 community, including parents, residents, and students, may also complete a leadership survey on the principal job. The survey link is on-line at the Region 4 schools website.

After compiling the input received this month, the facilitator will submit a written document to the school board that will be used in the screening and interview process of the search for a new principal.

This is the second search for a principal at Valley Regional High School in the past year. Eric Rice, a Chester resident who was hired last summer as principal after the previous principal, Ian Neviaser, was named assistant superintendent of schools, resigned last October after only weeks on the job. Superintendent of Schools Ruth Levy and school board members have declined to elaborate on the reasons for Rice’s departure.

The board has not yet established a search committee for the principal position, but is expected to hire a new principal before the start of the 2011-2012 school year in September. Kristina Martineau, who was associate principal at the time of Rice’s departure, is serving as acting principal through the end of the current academic year in June.