Principal Search – Call for Feedback

Thank you to all who attended the Principal Candidate Forums this week.  All three finalists were provided with an opportunity to visit the community and engage with staff, students and families.  In addition to the bios provided below, the District will make available the resumes of finalists on Friday morning.   Parent voice is an important part of the process.  The community is invited to provide feedback on the candidates through the feedback forms provided or via email to Dr Morris (  All comments are due by April 12, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

The finalists are :

Alan Strauss- Mr. Strauss currently serves as Principal of Weymouth High School.  He has worked directly with students, parents and staff in every aspect of the school community, across instructional levels and within the greater local community to build programs, create a myriad of opportunities and collaboratively develop academic, civic, global and interpersonal accountability frameworks. Mr. Strauss has a diversified range of curricular experiences and has assisted with the development of globally-based experiences for students and faculty. He re-established, cultivated and implemented the Weymouth High School’s academic, athletic, and community service programs and oversaw the day-to-day operations, including Career and Technical Education (CTE) and all programs.

Shannon Magee– Ms. Magee currently serves as the interim Dean at Amherst Regional High School and was formerly a High School Principal at the British International School in Ghana, West Africa where she oversaw the planning, implementation and evaluation of the school’s curriculum and instructional program. She  also served as a former Director of Academics at Albany Community Charter School. Ms. Magee has worked with and mentored new teachers, and monitored and coached teachers in the use of appropriate classroom management strategies as needed. In addition to her experience in secondary education administration, Ms. Magee is a former Cultural Affairs Academic Specialist for the U.S. Department of State–U.S. Embassy.

Gene Jones-  Mr. Jones received a B.A. from Boston University, holds an M.A. from Old Dominion University, has completed Post Graduate work at Old Dominion University and Virginia Tech and, most recently, was enrolled in the Mid-Career Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania. He served as principal of Warwick High School in Newport News, Virginia, which was recognized as one of the top 100 high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine. Mr. Jones was appointed to the Principal position at William Fleming High School in the Roanoke Public City Public Schools, where he increased the four-year graduation rate from 69% to 80%.

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