Thursday, March 23, 2023


New Staples Principal Aims to Start July 1

The Westport school system hopes to appoint a new Staples High School principal by the end of June, Acting Superintendent Anthony Buono said today.

In an email to parents, Buono said the district has hired JE Consulting to conduct a search for the replacement of James D’Amico, who announced his departure on March 8.

D’Amico, who took over the Staples job on July 1, 2016, said he has accepted the position of principal of his hometown high school, New Fairfield High School, commencing July 1.

“The position will be officially posted next week,” Buono said.

“Concurrently, we will organize focus groups for staff members, parents, and students to discuss and identify important characteristics of an exceptional high school principal. 

“Once this has been completed, a profile will be developed and a school-based team will review applications and interview candidates. We anticipate this will occur at the beginning of June.

“The committee’s charge will be to identify candidates suitable for further consideration by the Board of Education (BoE). Later that month, the BoE will interview finalists and if all goes well a new principal will be appointed by the end of June.”

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