DURHAM — The search continues for a new Brewster School principal after an initial pool of candidates didn’t pan out.
The current plan is to begin the school year with an interim principal.
Outgoing Principal Nancy Heckler is retiring after 18 years at Brewster, and plans to continue to work through July to assist in a smooth transition.
In a letter to Brewster families dated Thursday, Superintendent Kathryn Veronesi said the Central Office administration reviewed 40 applications, selected 10 candidates and then narrowed that pool down to three people.
Two of those candidates accepted positions in other districts, and the administration chose not to hire the final candidate, after a formal interview and a focus group meeting with the entire Brewster faculty and staff.
Veronesi said in the letter the administration considered feedback from parents, faculty and staff gathered through surveys and focus groups.
“We will continue the process of finding the very best candidate,” she said. “Someone who is visible, an effective and consistent communicator, fun, supportive, values staff input, and fosters shared leadership.”
Brewster is a K-3 elementary school with 70 staff and 262 students.