Pioneer superintendent resigning, effective Aug. 10

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Staff Writer
Published: 7/30/2021 3:38:15 PM

NORTHFIELD — The superintendent of the Pioneer Valley Regional School District penned a letter to the School Committee this week announcing his resignation, effective Aug. 10, after three years on the job.

Jonathan Scagel’s letter states he was offered an opportunity on short notice “that more aligns with my professional interests.” He told the Greenfield Recorder he will take over as principal of the Fort Meadow Early Childhood Center, part of Westfield Public Schools, on Aug. 16.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time up here. The families and students are fantastic,” he said. “I couldn’t speak more highly of the teachers and staff that we have in this district. They’re among the best anywhere in the state of Massachusetts. It’s been a great experience for me.”

Scagel explained he grew up in Northampton and lives in Hatfield. He said his commuting time of 35 minutes to work will remain unchanged.

Scagel interviewed with the School Committee in June 2018 for a job as interim superintendent. He was eventually hired as superintendent with a one-year contract. The School Committee chose him — the youngest of the candidates and the only one with no experience as a superintendent — due to his new ideas and his familiarity with the school. Scagel had been a special education teacher at Pioneer Valley Regional School in the 2017 to 2018 school year.

The School Committee has scheduled a special meeting for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday to discuss Scagel’s resignation, an interim superintendent, the search process for a replacement, and to establish a superintendent search committee. The agenda can be found at bit.ly/2Vjo2MW.

Reach Domenic Poli at 413-772-0261, ext. 262 or dpoli@recorder.com.




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