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New principal for Turners HS

TURNERS FALLS — A new principal will greet returning high school students and staff when the new school year begins in September.

Michael Sullivan, superintendent of the Gill-Montague Regional School District, announced the search committee had made a selection and Thomas Osborn signed a three-year contract Thursday for $93,000 the first year.

Osborn leaves a position as assistant principal of Southwick-Tolland Regional High School, hired to that post in 2012.

Sullivan wrote that Osborn was selected from among about 25 applicants, holds an undergraduate and master’s degree from Empire State College in New York, a certificate of advanced graduate studies in school administration from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and has taught middle and high school English in Webster, North Brookfield and New York City.

“I am excited to have an educator of Thom’s energy, creativity and knowledge joining the district, and I look forward to working with him in the days, and years, ahead,” Sullivan wrote in a letter to staff.

Osborn replaces Patricia Gardner, a recent candidate for the superintendent’s position who resigned in July to take a job as director of teaching and learning in the Southbridge School District.

Sullivan thanked selection committee members Morgan Ozdarski, Pam Grimard, Joyce Phillips, Michael Langknecht, Jeffrey Singleton, Vicki Valley, Glenn Doulette, Faith Kaemmerlen and Martin Espinola for their work.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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