Goffstown middle school head's resignation called for
Scott Gross, who is also a selectman, was speaking as an individual when he said it is time for Principal Jim Hunt to part amicably with the school district in the best interest of students.
"I think he's become a distraction," Gross said. "In this particular case, it's just not the right fit."
Gross, a former school board member, said that in the six years of Hunt's leadership at the school, Gross has not seen the results he expected.
Gross said Hunt has had several years to improve the school but that has not happened.
"We are in no better position than when he took over," he said.
Gross said his recommendation is not a personal attack, but the question becomes whether a person is able to effectively do a given job.
"There are currently so many distractions that are surrounding Mountain View, sometimes you just have to say, it's time to move on," Gross said.
One of those distraction may be a formal study of the school to see how improvements can be made.
Superintendent Stacy Buckley recommended WestEd, a national company with a regional office in Woburn, Mass., to study the school, which has come under fire since spring for rumors of weak academic rigor, and poor culture and climate.
The study is expected cost about $35,000, which Buckley said comes from unspent budget money from last year.
Gross said he supports the study in process at the school, which houses about 890 students in grades 5-8 in Goffstown, Dunbarton and New Boston.
Dunbarton and New Boston are in the process of renegotiating their agreements to send their middle and high schoolers to Goffstown.
A committee, made up of parents, faculty and staff, met over the summer to formulate questions for the consultant to consider in the areas of curriculum, instruction and assessment, leadership and organization and culture and climate.
Surveys to gather feedback from the community are expected to be distributed in November, with public forums slated for December and January.
The final phase of the study will include implementation of the recommendations made by WestEd.
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