After four years as superintendent of Amity schools, Charles (Chip) Dumais announced his resignation and the district has begun a search for his replacement. His last day of leading Amity will be June 30, 2018, before he moves on to the Executive Director position for Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.), Fairfield County’s equivalent to ACES.
“It has been a pleasure to lead the Amity Regional School District for the past four years. Thank you for the opportunity to work with a talented and motivated group of teachers, staff, students, and families,” he said in his letter of resignation to the Board of Education. “It has been a wonderful professional experience that has helped me to develop and expand my skills and abilities, to establish and foster many strong relationships, and to have daily interactions with students and adults that keep me motivated to push for equity and excellence in our educational system.”
In announcing the superintendent’s departure to the community, Chairman of the Board of Education Christopher Browe said, “We thank Chip for his hard work and service and will be sad to see him go. We hope that like spring blooming around us, this change will be an opportunity for renewal and new growth for everyone. Amity is more than one person, one board, one department, or one graduating class; Amity is a friendship, a continuing community, and an environment of educational excellence.”
Browe told Dumais that Amity’s doors are always open. He said that hiring the next superintendent for the district is the most important role that the Board of Education has. “To begin this process, we have already met several times as a board and will select a professional search consultant in the next few weeks,” Browe said in early May. In the meantime, the district was in the process of hiring a qualified interim superintendent to maintain leadership during the transitional period.
The board is seeking input from the community and from staff and constituent groups. Once hired, the search consultant will begin a formal process of asking for this feedback from staff and the community using focus groups and surveys. “In order to make this a truly successful superintendent search, we will integrate ideas from school staff, parents, students, town officials, and other community members to help shape the search profile and future hire,” Browe said. “The board feels confident in the excellent work that has been done to develop the current goals and will continue to support those goals going forward. Once the new superintendent is hired, we will reevaluate the Board goals and opportunities for growth.”
“The Board of Education has been highly supportive of establishing the best learning environment for the students of Amity, and I am confident that the initiatives and efforts that have been put in place will sustain the positive growth of the organization in the future,” Dumais said.
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent