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.”
The last school year was a tumultuous one for Hunking. In October, the building’s north wing was closed after it was discovered that support columns and decking had eroded. About 140 Hunking sixth-grade students were moved out of the building and into the then-vacant Bartlett School on the opposite side of the river. Repairs to the foundation have been taking place this summer and the entire Hunking building is expected to be open in time for the start of school. Scully said the repairs will allow Hunking students to return to their school.
Scully advertised the Hunking principal job in the mid-$90,000 range, which he said is a few thousand dollars more than he was previously able to offer. The expectation was that by offering a higher salary it would attract a larger pool of qualified candidates. Scully said he advertised the assistant principal positions in the high-$80,000 range.
Cook, who previously served as an administrator in Boxborough schools, replaced Dorothy Flaherty after she left Hunking to beco
me principal of Masconomet Middle School in Boxford, where she previously taught health. Flaherty had replaced Stephen Sierpina after he was named principal of Consentino Middle School.
The first day of school in Haverhill is Aug. 28.