By Pam Chickering Wilson

SULLIVAN -- With Sullivan Elementary School principal Nick Skretta stepping up to the Jefferson Middle School principalship, the process has begun to select his successor in Sullivan.

As of last week, the School District of Jefferson had received applications from 40 candidates for the Sullivan principal job, said Jefferson Superintendent Mark Rollefson. However, at that time, the position was still being posted, so the district yet might receive more applications.

Rollefson said that the first round of interviews for the position are set for the week of July 8, and the top candidates from that pool will advance to a second-round interview by a panel of educators and administrators.

If necessary, Rollefson said, the district will schedule a third round of interviews the week of July 15.

"We hope to have a recommendation to bring to the school board at its July 22 meeting," Rollefson said.

Meanwhile, Skretta is getting acclimated to his new position at Jefferson Middle School and engaging in planning for the next school year.

Skretta has listed some of his main goals coming into the middle school as improving staff culture and building culture, improving communication with parents, giving the middle school a greater presence in the community and personally having a greater presence in the building itself.

Skretta was hired June 10 to replace Laura Montez, who had exited her position under administrative investigation earlier in the school year. In the meantime, retired area principal and administrator Larry Gierach stepped in to fill the middle school principalship through the last day of school.

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