Amherst-Pelham Regional Public Schools




170 Chestnut Street,
Amherst MA 01002

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Welcome to the ARPS Superintendent Search Webpage

This page will contain updated information about the search for a new superintendent.


Superintendent Search Committee

The Search Committee for the superintendent position has been finalized.
Members were selected from those who applied, using a randomized and anonymized process that ensured representation of our diverse community.

Search Committee members:

Markyta Ables
Yari Bachand
Inanna Balkin
Robert Boutilier
Marialuisa Di Stefano
Maureen Fleming
Yael Fuerst
Ellen Jedrey-Guidera
Swan Keyes
José Lugo
Sarah Marshall
Miguelina Hernandez
Jen Malcolm-Brown
Cynthia Rhodes
Robin Santiago
Jennifer Shiao
Joe Russavage
Martha Toro
Ellisha Walker
Debbie Westmoreland
Kate Westafer

The members include at least one member associated with each of these categories:

          • Amherst Elementary School parent/guardian
          • Amherst Elementary School employee
          • Amherst Regional High School (ARHS) parent/guardian
          • Amherst Regional High School (ARHS) student
          • Amherst Regional Middle School (ARMS) parent/guardian
          • Amherst resident
          • ARPS administrator
          • ARPS educator
          • ARPS non-educator employee
          • ARPS paraeducator
          • ARPS Special Education educator
          • Direct report of Superintendent
          • Parent/guardian of English language learner student 
          • Experience living with poverty
          • Identify as American Indian or Alaska Native
          • Identify as Asian
          • Identify as Black or African American
          • Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color)
          • Identify as LBGTQIA+ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersexual, Asexual, plus)
          • Identify as Hispanic or Latinx/Latine/Latino/Latina
          • Identify as member of other historically marginalized group
          • Identify as person with a disability
          • Leverett resident
          • Member of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)
          • Member of Amherst Pelham Education Association (APEA)
          • Member of Amherst Pelham Administrator Association (APAA)
          • Member of United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW)
          • Member of municipal government (Towns of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham or Shutesbury)
          • Member of Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC)
          • Native speaker of language other than English
          • Pelham Elementary School parent/guardian
          • Pelham Elementary School employee
          • Pelham resident
          • Regional School Committee or Union 26 School Committee member
          • Shutesbury resident
          • Parent/guardian of a special education student
          • Summit Academy employee

Community Input Sessions Summary Report

A summary of the input collected at the Community Input Sessions will be available and published here around the end of February. 


Process Outline

December: Search Committee interest form published


  • Superintendent job posting published
  • Community stakeholder sessions held
  • Search Committee interest form closes
  • Search Committee members selected and voted on by the Regional and Union 26 School Committee

February: Job posting closes

March: Search Committee reviews applicants, conducts interviews, and selects finalists


  • Finalist site visits and community interviews
  • Regional and Union 26 School Committees decide on final candidate and make job offer

July 1, 2024: New Superintendent first day on the job