Saturday, April 20, 2024


Help Wanted: Staples Principal

The JE Consulting firm, hired by the Westport Board of Education to find a new Staples High School principal to replace James D’Amico, has published a help wanted notice. Image
James D’Amico: successor must be “visionary.”Dave Matlow for

Seeking a “strong visionary leader,” the firm said defining attributes of this individual must include:

“The ability to oversee and enhance teaching and learning in a 9-12 school of national distinction;

“The daily practice and demonstration of high moral and ethical character traits which will enhance secondary school culture and climate for student success;

“A communication skill set which will engage multiple community stakeholders;

“A genuine desire to make a difference in the life of every Staples High School student.”

It said the application deadline is May 24, and salary range is $191,068 — $207,157.

Superintendent of Schools Colleen Palmer announced D’Amico’s decision to resign on March 8.

She said after three years, he has accepted the position of principal of his hometown high school, New Fairfield High School, commencing July 1.

The board announced on March 14 Palmer’s intention to retire effective Aug. 1 after three years on the job.

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