Paul Dulac named Edgartown principal
For the first time since he joined the Vineyard school system a year ago, Paul Dulac can look forward to dropping the word "interim" from his title. Last week, Mr. Dulac was named principal at Edgartown School, filling a vacancy left by Ed Jerome's retirement in November after 26 years.
The selection of Mr. Dulac as principal ended a several-month process that began last fall. From 12 applicants who responded to an ad for the job, the Edgartown School principal search committee first winnowed the list down to 6.
After a round of public interviews last month, the committee recommended three of the six to James Weiss, superintendent of Martha's Vineyard Public Schools, who ultimately would make the selection.
Edgartown School principal Paul Dulac. Photo by Ralph Stewart
Mr. Dulac and the two other finalists, Elana Aitken and Lisa Sheffield, underwent a final round of public interviews, as well.
"It was a good process," Mr. Dulac said. "As Superintendent Weiss stated, it was a community process, which I really was appreciative of. I think it worked out very well. We all feel pretty good about it."
After Mr. Dulac's interview last Wednesday night, Mr. Weiss met with the Edgartown School committee in a closed session for their input to help make his decision. He announced Mr. Dulac's hiring in a staff meeting at Edgartown School last Thursday morning, before making it public.
"We had three excellent candidates. Paul's wide-ranging experience made him the candidate I decided to go with," said Mr. Weiss. "While the other two were strong candidates, they didn't have his depth of experience."
Ms. Aitken is the clinical director of the Hampshire Educational Collaborative in Northampton. Ms. Sheffield teaches a variety of educational workshops as an adjunct professor at Ashland University in Ohio and lives in Wellesley.
Mr. Dulac has been serving as Edgartown School's interim principal since last August. He was appointed by the Edgartown School committee to serve in the position from August through June 30, 2006, in anticipation of Principal Jerome's retirement.
Knowing he will be principal in the next school year will not alter his plans for Edgartown School this year, Mr. Dulac said. "We were working on the transitional track for a new principal anyway. Our goals won't change much from what we're doing this year."
As for the school's future plans, he said, "Our focus will continue to be on reading and writing and higher-level thinking skills. That is the basis of our academic program."
Last Sunday the League of Women Voters hosted a presentation by Mr. Dulac on critical thinking skills, which will be aired on MVTV (check Channel 15 for scheduled times).
"That really is a kind of an introduction to what our overall approach is to preparing students to be a success in the future by becoming good critical thinkers and good knowledge seekers, with a keen sense of imagination," Mr. Dulac said.
Prior to his appointment at Edgartown School, Mr. Dulac served as the interim superintendent of Martha's Vineyard Public Schools from January through June 2005, following the departure of former superintendent Kriner Cash.
He and his wife Becky are very happy about his move from "interim" status, Mr. Dulac said. "Since we arrived back in the United States from China, where we lived for six years, we lived in Vermont and then came to Martha's Vineyard. We are very anxious to put roots down and establish a home here. Now we can think about doing that."
Ms. Dulac taught kindergarten last year in Tisbury and is teaching second grade in West Tisbury this year, both half-year positions. "She has been going through the Island shuffle that teachers often go through, and we're hoping she will land a full-time teaching job," said Mr. Dulac.