HAVERHILL — Students and parents will see a variety of fresh faces leading Haverhill schools this fall, including new principals, assistant principals and other administrators.
In the case of Haverhill High School interim Principal Beth Kitsos, you can erase the “interim.” She was just named principal.
Kitsos, a long-time Haverhill educator, had been interim principal since the retirement of Bernard Nangle at the end of 2013. This week, she got the permanent job.
Superintendent James Scully said he has been busy reviewing and appointing candidates to several other top positions, including some that opened up after experienced administrators left Haverhill for higher-paying jobs in other communities.
“It’s a significant amount of administrative change,” Scully said, noting the number of changes in school administration are the most he’s presided over since being named superintendent in 2010. “The greatest issue that remains is managing finances and increasing expectations in schools.”
Scully said he is looking to replace Bradford Elementary School Principal Wendy Stanley, who left for a job in another community. Scully said final interviews of candidates for the Bradford Elementary job are happening this week.
Scully said new Assistant Superintendent Julie Kukenberger and Jonathan Letcher, new director of school improvement and accountability, recommended Kitsos from a total of 43 applicants for the Haverhill High principal’s job. Eight of those candidates were invited to interview for the job. The interview team consisted of Kukenberger, Letcher, two parents, teachers, district administrators and the athletic director.
The interview team chose Kitsos.
“I know Beth has stepped up to the plate since Mr. Nangle left,” Scully said. “She is widely respected by the students and I believe the staff shares that same sentiment.”
Kitsos has been associate principal at Haverhill High since July 2010 and interim principal since January 2014. She is credited with creating various ways for students to succeed, including dropout prevention programs, vocational-style courses such as cosmetology and home building, the Classical Academy and the academy structure at Haverhill High.