October 1: It might seem a bit strange to be conducting a search for a new principal in October, but in reality such timing is not at all unusual for public school districts. While finding a replacement for Amy Wagner at the Wellington Elementary School is no easy task, we are proceeding full throttle to select a leader who will continue the strong tradition of academic excellence. A screening committee will review the files of eligible applicants, select a finite number for on-site interviews, and forward to the central administration between 2 to 4 individuals for a final selection. Certainly an interim appointment might also prove preferable. The broad Belmont community will have an opportunity to meet finalists and to forward to me comments and suggestions individuals have. Dates of the public forums will be announced once a group of finalists is selected. Members of the screening committee are Kate Ascione, Wellington PTO Co-President; Janet Carey, Principal, Winn Brook Elementary; Kim Dargon, Wellington PTO Co-President; Jaynene Delitt-Young, Elementary Coordinator; Regina Kalajian, Arts Specialist Teacher; Mary Jo Peterman, Community Member; Laurie Slap, School Committee Member; James Tatten, Wellington Head Custodian; and Christina Westfall, Wellington Teacher and BEA Appointee.