December 26, 2012WHITEFIELD — SAU 36 Interim Superintendent Dr. Harry Fensom once again recommended to the WMRSD school board that someone from its own deep bench of rising leaders be hired to fill the soon-to-be-vacant position of assistant principal at the 340-student Whitefield School.
Currently all the principals serving in the District are the result of internal promotions.
Sharal Plumley, the District's first-ever technology integrator, was hired on Dec. 17 by the WMRSD school board to fill the vacancy that will be created when assistant principal Janet Steinert retires on April 1, 2013, to hike the Appalachian Trail. Plumley taught for 13 years at the Whitefield School — grade six from 1993 to 1997 — and then its middle grades from 1998 to 2007. She taught fourth grade at the Groveton Elementary School for the school year 1997-1998 and earlier, from 1988 to 1993, was a substitute teacher at the Lancaster School. Plumley became the District-wide technology integrator in 2007.
Her new pro-rated salary is set at $55,292, including $800 for longevity and $492 for salary incentive.
Plumley earned a B.S. in March 1993 at the University of Vermont with a major in elementary education. She is currently enrolled at Antioch University's Master of Education-Principal Certificate program with an expected completion date of May 2013. The state Department of Education has confirmed her eligibility to apply for an administrative position.
Plumley has participated in and led SAU 36 Critical Skills trainings, teacher evaluation committees, a science curriculum committee, the grant finance committee, and building leadership teams.
Plumley and her husband Matthew live in Guildhall with their two sons: Jared, an eighth-grade student at the Lancaster School; and Josh, a fourth-grade student at the Guildhall School.
Fifty-five applicants applied for the position, and six were interviewed. Three more were offered interviews but dropped out of the process.