HAVERHILL — With the start of the school year three weeks away, parents now know who will watch over their children at Hunking Middle School and Haverhill High.
Superintendent James Scully said he has hired a new principal of Hunking Middle School and two new assistant principals for Haverhill High School.
Jared Fulgoni replaces former Hunking Principal David Cook, who resigned at the end of the last school year after leading the middle school for one year. Following Cook’s resignation, Scully said there was a need to bring stability to Hunking, which has had three principals over the last several years.
Fulgoni served as principal of Triton Regional Middle School in Byfield since 2007. Scully said Fulgoni has been recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for being one of only eight schools in Massachusetts to make gains in student achievement on the MCAS tests.
“Jared completed a rigorous screening process, and the committee feels he is the best candidate for the position,” Scully said. “The MCAS is a critical piece of our strategic plan and academic success is the uppermost concern of the school system.”
Scully also appointed Matthew Steinberg and Katrina Esparza as assistant principals at Haverhill High. They replace former assistant principal John Mangion, who retired this year, and assistant principal Robert Gulardo, who took a job in a Vermont school
Steinberg was a history teacher in Methuen for more than 11 years and was Department Head of Social Studies at Methuen High School. Esparza has taught English at Haverhill High since 2006. Scully said Esparza will be completing her doctoral program at Northeastern University in October.
“Both Matthew and Katrina are highly qualified individuals with warm personalities and strong leadership skills,” Scully said. “They will be a great addition to the staff and students at Haverhill High School.”