JAY — The School Committee will start advertising for a new high school principal Friday to replace Joe Moore who resigned for personal reasons days before school started.

Superintendent Robert Wall and middle school Principal Scott Albert are sharing principal duties at the high school for  now.

Committee member Judy Diaz asked if the administration team looked at having a principal for grades kindergarten through seven and another principal for grades eight through 12.

The team met and people thought it is important that the high school have a principal and not divide the administration up, Wall said. People thought administrative presence is necessary at the school, he said.

Chairwoman Mary Redmond-Luce said she received calls from parents who were stressed and concerned that there wouldn’t be a principal for the school.

Administrators will review applications, and if they don’t find a good pool of candidates, they’ll look at other options, Wall said.

Albert will head the screening committee that will include representation from the education association, two community members and the two student representatives of the school board.

Interviews will be conducted the week of Oct. 5 and necessary visits made the following week.

A candidate is expected to be presented to the School Committee at a special meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22.

Candidate qualifications required are:

• Master’s degree in administration.

• Strong background and skills in high school curriculum development and implementation.

• Successful supervisory and administrative experience.

• Excellent planning and budget building and implementation skills.

• Proper state certification/fingerprinting.

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