Otter Valley searches for new director of curriculum

BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union is looking for a new director of curriculum. Former Mount Abraham Union High School principal and RNESU Director of Curriculum Andy Kepes has taken a job to be the new Ferrisburgh Central School principal.
Kepes’ hire became official in mid-March, when the Addison Northwest School District board endorsed the unanimous recommendation of its search committee to replace Beth Brodie.
Kepes, a 52-year-old 1990 Middlebury College graduate and Canton, N.Y., native, is wrapping up his fifth year at Rutland Northeast, a stint that followed a combined 10 years as a Mount Abe principal and science teacher.
The RNESU will now go through the difficult process of trying to replace the energetic former principal.
“We are aggressively looking at candidates and trying to move quickly on this,” RNESU Superintendent Jean?e Collins said at the Otter Valley school board meeting last week. “The reason for that is most teachers sign contracts around April and we’d like to have a candidate before they sign new contracts with someone else.”
The district has received 23 applications for the position and interviewed five candidates last Friday and five more on Monday. They have narrowed the applicants down to a short list and will invite them to tour the district the week of April 8 through 12.
“I hope to bring a recommendation to the RNESU board at the April 29 meeting,” Collins said.

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