More administrative turnover as G-M school seeks asst. principal

MONTAGUE — Hired last summer, Montague Elementary Assistant Principal Travis Yagodzinski is on the move, and the district is once again looking to fill an administrative post.

Yagodzinski will begin his new job as principal of the Hawlemont Regional School in Charlemont next month, Hawlemont Superintendent Michael Buoniconti announced last week.

This week, Gill-Montague Interim Superintendent Mark Prince told the School Committee he had accepted Yagodzinski’s resignation and those of two other employees, district network manager Dennis Berry and high school nurse Barbara Fish.

“We have a plan in place to support teachers as we fill these positions,” Prince said.

The district has already posted the assistant principal position, looking for a replacement to begin Nov. 5.

Yagodzinski’s brief tenure at Montague Elementary School is nevertheless the longest of the three top administrators at the two-building school.

Mark Andrews replaced Maureen Donelan as principal in July after she took a job in the Orange school system and Kevin Cusineau was hired as a second assistant principal in September.

At the district level, the School Committee is in the preliminary stages of the search for a permanent superintendent, having hired Prince to replace then-interim superintendent Nadine Ekstrom in the spring.

A high rate of administrative turnover was among the faults found in state reviews of the district leading to its classification as “Level 4” or underperforming.

The district as an entity is considered underperforming while the individual schools are ranked higher and have never been in Level 4.

Interim Supt. rebuts review

At Tuesday’s meeting, Prince offered a rebuttal to the quarterly review presented last month by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s district monitor.

Prince said the report did not mention many advances the district has made in aligning curriculums and training staff and administrators.

“Clearly we have grown by leaps and bounds,” Prince said. “Are we where we should be? No, but I did not think Dr. (Joan) Connolly’s statement should remain unchallenged.”

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
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