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FH Schools Conducting Principal Survey

Fair Haven schools wants parents' input on new principal choice

Tom Famulary may be back in the principal’s office in Fair Haven schools, but he’ll only be at Sickles through the end of 2012, according to the terms of his temporary appointment. And the district wants parents' input on what type of principal they think should permanently head the school.

Famulary, the former 11-year Knollwood School principal stepped in after the preceding Sickles principal Marion Carolan resigned and was recently appointed as supervisor of innovative programs, a newly-created $80,000 position.

Famulary was appointed by resolution as interim Sickles principal at a per diem rate of $450 from Aug. 13 to Dec. 21, 2012.

Famulary had said that he was happy to fill in so that the district would have sufficient time to make a careful decision about the right permanent Sickles principal replacement. His familiarity with the district, he said, would make the transition easier.

There is an inter-district search committee charged with researching the replacement. While no details have not yet been released on which, if any, search consultant firm has been hired to find the right top administrator fit for Sickles, the district administration and board of education want public input.

There’s a notice on the Fair Haven Public Schools Web site that links parents to the survey (click here) asking for the input on what traits the new principal should have to run the pre-kindergarten through third grade school of 461 students.

It reads:

“The Sickles School principal position is a highly important job and the Principal Search Committee is committed to seeking a well-qualified candidate who will be a perfect match for the Sickles School community.

“To help us in the search process, we are looking for input from the parent community. Please describe the most critical traits that you feel the Sickles School principal should possess.”

State Department of Education records list Famulary’s average annual salary, after 24 years in education in a few districts, listed as $135,105. His annual pension is listed as $66,401, from his time of retirement in 2011.

Carolan’s annual salary at her resignation time was listed as $120,000, with 14 years of experience and a master’s degree.

Have you filled out the survey form yet? Do you plan to or do you think there is a better way? Tell us in the comments section below.

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