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[H] MCS Principal Search

New Principal Chosen for Marion Cross School

Contact: Dr. Jay Badams, Superintendent
Phone: (603) 643-6050, ext. 2006
Email: jaybadams@sau70.org


Shawn Gonyaw Receives Broad Support From School & Community

Norwich, VT, April 3, 2019

At the Norwich School Board Meeting, on Wednesday, April 3rd, SAU 70 Superintendent, Jay Badams recommended, and the Norwich School Board unanimously approved, Shawn Gonyaw as the next principal of Marion Cross School.

“Timing is everything, and we are fortunate that Shawn Gonyaw was looking ahead to his next challenge as an educator at the same time that Bill Hammond decided he was ready to ‘pass the baton’,” said Badams. “Having visited the Barnet School and seen what a wonderful school culture and climate Mr. Gonyaw and his team have created, I am confident that Shawn is well prepared to build upon the great work that Bill and the Marion Cross School community have achieved during his tenure.”

An experienced and accomplished elementary teacher and administrator, Mr. Gonyaw has served as the Barnet School’s leader since 2010. During his 24-year career as an elementary educator, Shawn has taught in both regular and special education settings at multiple grade levels and earned National Board Certification in 2002. As an administrator, Mr. Gonyaw was recently honored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals as the Vermont Middle-Level Principal of the Year in 2018.

Norwich Chair, Tom Candon expressed thanks specifically to the members of the Principal Search Committee for their tireless efforts, but also to the entire Norwich community, many of whom came out to meet Shawn during his full-day interview at the school, for their support in the process. Candon also noted, “While we are all sorry to be bidding Bill Hammond farewell after seven extraordinary years as our principal, we look upon Shawn Gonyaw’s arrival with great anticipation and excitement for what he has to offer to the future of the Marion Cross School. Shawn has done some amazing work throughout his career as a teacher and administrator and has accomplished much in his last nine years leading the Barnet School.”

Mr. Gonyaw will officially take the lead role at Marion Cross on July 1, 2019, but he and Mr. Hammond have already begun working together on the important transition. Shawn said, "I am thrilled to become a part of the Marion Cross School community. From what I understand of the curriculum, culture, and community this is an excellent fit. My hope is to combine the excellence that already exists at Marion Cross with the expertise that I can bring in order to continue to create an environment where all kids thrive. I am thankful to Mr. Bill for working with me to make this a smooth transition."

On November 1, 2018 we began a search for a new principal to start July 1, 2019 at Marion Cross School (MCS). MCS is an important center piece of the Norwich community. The search committee has begun an inclusive process to find its new leader.

Principal Search Posting

Principal of Marion Cross Elementary School

The Marion Cross School community in Norwich, VT, is seeking a skilled and caring educator to serve as its next principal. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with a talented staff and a supportive community. The school serves approximately 300 students, from pre-kindergarten through grade 6 and highly values community engagement and student interaction with the natural world. The Marion Cross School is among the highest performing elementary schools in Vermont and has been recognized nationally. Marion Cross is part of School Administrative Unit 70, the nation’s first interstate school district, and students attend middle and high school in Hanover, NH, the home of Dartmouth College.

Situated in the beautiful Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, a short drive to the Green Mountains of Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the area offers innumerable recreational opportunities. The proximity of the college provides rich cultural opportunities, and the cities of Boston, MA, Portland, ME, and Burlington, VT are nearby.

The principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, the oversight of all certified staff members and instructional assistants, the development and management of an operating budget of nearly $6 million, and maintenance of the strong relationship between the school and the larger Norwich community.

Minimum qualifications for the position include a relevant Masters Degree and eligibility for Vermont principal certification. The position offers a competitive salary and benefits package, with accommodation for qualifications and experience.

To apply for this position, please visit SchoolSpring.com (https://www.schoolspring.com/job.cfm?jid=3021316). All application information is strictly confidential until finalists are invited. The deadline for applications and all supporting materials is Tuesday, January 1, 2019 with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019.

Letters should be addressed to:

Dr. Jay Badams, Superintendent
SAU 70
41 Lebanon Street, Suite 2
Hanover, NH 03755

For more information about our school and school district, please visit our websites at www.marioncross.org and www.sau70.org.

The Norwich School District is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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