Princeton Public Schools said this week that the district is in the process of selecting a new principal for Riverside School to replace outgoing principal Mark Shelley. Mr. Shelley, who has been principal at Riverside since 2018, will leave the district in August and relocate to Pittsburgh.
The district has interviewed a number of strong candidates to serve as Riverside's new principal, said Superintendent Dr. Carol Kelley.
"We are looking for a principal who not only has a record of educational excellence but who also understands Princeton's commitment to equity and the unique programs provided for students at Riverside," she said.
Semi-finalist candidates will be interviewed by a committee of Riverside faculty and staff, district administrators, and community members. Committee members include educators with experience and expertise in special education, noted Michael J. Volpe, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources.
The advisory committee will submit finalists to Dr. Kelley who will then have candidates visit Riverside's summer programs. After finalists see Riverside students in action, Dr. Kelley will interview individual candidates and make a recommendation to the Board.
There will be a gap in time from Mr. Shelley's departure until the time a new principal is hired. During that time, Eric Csolak, District Supervisor of Student Services (PK-5), will be the acting administrator at Riverside. He is already working with Mr. Shelley, and Mr. Csolak will assist the new principal during the transition period.
"We have treasured our life and work in Princeton for the past twelve years, and I will surely miss our students, our teachers, our support staff, and our parents," Mr. Shelley said in a recent letter to parents. "I certainly hope to visit and to hear of the many successes – individual and collective – that lay ahead for our Riverside students."
- Riverside News