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Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School
Bellingham Public Schools
Bellingham, Massachusetts

Job Details
Job ID: 3054429 Application Deadline: Posted until Filled
Posted: February 15, 2019 Starting Date: July 1, 2019

Job Description


DATE: February 15, 2019
TITLE: Principal – DiPietro Elementary School

REPORTS TO: Superintendent of Schools

SUPERVISES: All personnel serving in assigned school as directed


The Principal of Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School, working directly under the Superintendent of Schools, or his designee, shall have the administrative responsibility for developing, organizing, and maintaining relevant instructional services to promote the educational development of each student attending Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School.


In general, the Principal shall be the educational leader and manager of the school and shall supervise the operation and management of the school and school property, subject to the supervision and direction of the Superintendent. The Principal shall be responsible, consistent with the district personnel policies and budgetary restrictions and subject to the approval of the Superintendent, for hiring all teachers, instructional or administrative assistants, and other personnel assigned to the school, and for terminating all such personnel, subject to review and prior approval by the Superintendent and subject to the provisions of M.G.L. Chapter 71, as amended by the Education Reform Act of 1993.

The Principal shall diligently, faithfully and competently perform the duties and responsibilities imposed upon, contained in, or required of the Principal under the following:

1. The statutes of the Commonwealth including, without limitation, M.G.L. Chapter 71
2. Policies of the Bellingham School Committee
3. Directives of the Superintendent of Schools and/or his designee
4. The School’s annual School Improvement Goals
5. Regulations of state agencies, and the regulations and requirements of grants, special or mandated programs.

Specifically, the Principal has the following professional duties and obligations in order to promote educational excellence for all students assigned to Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School:

Within the School

1. Administers the school and oversees instructional programs including the ABA & Pre-School program.
2. Maintains a safe, orderly and welcoming school environment.
3. Plans and supervises fire drills and an emergency preparedness program.
4. Assures equity and inclusion for all students.
5. Maintains clear and effective communications.
6. Implements School Committee policies and administrative rules and regulations relating to Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School.
7. Studies the educational needs of the district served by the school; develops and implements plans for meeting them.
8. Develops school improvement goals designed to affect improved student outcomes.
9. Establishes and maintains an effective learning climate in the school.
10. Designs programs to educate relative to goals and objectives of the school District and Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School.
11. Develops a program of public relations in order to further the community’s understanding and support of the educational
program at Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School.
12. Promotes participatory decision-making including staff, parents, community and students.
13. Evaluates and modifies curriculum and extra-curricular activities on an ongoing basis.
14. Budgets school time to provide for the efficient conduct of school instruction and business, as well as overseeing the
development of the master schedule.
15. Prepares a preliminary budget at request of the Superintendent and administers the approved school budget upon adoption.
16. Continually assess and maintain adequate and appropriate educational materials (textbooks, supplies, equipment).
17. Supervises the instructional staff in the development and implementation of curriculum and student activities. Initiates, designs,
and implements programs to meet specific needs of the students.
18. Under the direction of the Superintendent, develops and oversees the school’s standardized testing program and reports the
results promptly to the Superintendent.
19. Meets regularly with teachers for the purpose of coordinating the school programs and establishing and discussing total
school policy.
20. Within reasonable limits, delegates authority to appropriate personnel to assume responsibility for various aspects of
Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School.
21. Orients newly assigned staff members and assists in their development in conjunction with Curriculum Director.
22. Supervises the school faculty and staff, providing assistance and evaluating job performance on a continuing basis.
23. Recommends appropriate action for substandard performance of faculty and staff, including disciplinary action and termination,
if necessary.
24. Establishes rules and regulations for proper student conduct and maintenance of student discipline.
25. Attends special events held to recognize student achievement and attends school-sponsored activities, functions, and events.
26. Coordinates or supervises such support services as maintenance, transportation, security, safety, food services, recreational
programs, financial and accounting functions, library activities, and other related areas, as well as functions assigned by
the Superintendent.
27. Works to develop positive and productive relationships with parents of Joseph F. DiPietro students.

Within the School District

1. Keeps the Superintendent informed of the school’s activities and problems.
2. Is committed to working as a contributing member of the administrative team.
3. Prepares and submits in a timely manner such reports as may be required by the Superintendent of School Committee.
4. Works with various members of the central administrative staff on system-wide programs, such as curriculum revision,
in-service training, transportation, special services, federal programs, and food services.
5. Meets periodically with middle school and high school administrators and other personnel to ensure proper articulation of
programs between schools.
6. Participates in principals’ meetings and such other meetings as are required to facilitate the educational program.
7. Assists in recruiting, screening, hiring, training, and assigning of the elementary level professional staff.
8. Establishes and maintains favorable relationships with local community groups and individuals to foster understanding of and to
solicit support for school and district objectives and programs.
9. Maintains awareness of local bargaining agreements and their effects on daily operations.
10. When requested by the Superintendent, recommends changes and improvements in collective bargaining agreements with
employees of the school district.
11. Performs additional duties as assigned by the Superintendent.

Within the Profession

1. Develops a personal Professional Improvement Plan each year in consultation with the Superintendent.
2. Keeps abreast of changes and developments in the profession by attending professional meetings, reading professional journals
and other publications, discussing problems of mutual interest with others in the field, and through continuing education.
3. Maintains awareness of federal, state, and local regulations affecting his/her school.

Position Type: Full-time
Positions Available: 1

Welcome to Joseph F. DiPietro Elementary School!

Welcome to South Elementary School

South Elementary School opened in 1989. The school has 22 classrooms with an enrollment of 444 students in kindergarten through fourth grade. The mission of South Elementary School is to provide a creative, supportive learning environment that meets the needs of individual students in which we maximize achievement, promote social competency, respect similarities as well as differences, and develop life-long learners who contribute positively to the community. South Elementary School a great place to be. Our teachers are dedicated to ensuring that each child meets his or her full potential. Our goal is to create a positive school environment in which all children can learn and celebrate their accomplishments. Our PAWS program (Positive Actions and Words at South) promotes the development of positive social competency skils. Students and staff have committed to treat one another in the way we want to be treated, be safe, include others, be kind, be honest, and be respectful. More information about our programs, our policies, and our teachers is posted throughout this website. Please browse around and feel free to contact us should you have any questions.

Thank you for your interest in South Elementary School.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Bellingham Public Schools is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws.

Job Requirements

1. Certification as an elementary school principal in Massachusetts
2. Minimum of five years teaching and/or administrative experience.
3. Demonstrated leadership in staff and curriculum development.
4. Master’s Degree in Education, or higher.
5. Administrative and/or supervisory experience preferred.
6. Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Superintendent may find appropriate and acceptable.


1. Good health – willing to submit to a medical examination.
2. Vigorous leadership qualities essential.
3. Ability to get along well with one’s colleagues and the public.
4. Ability to relate with students and establish a good rapport.
5. Must be a person of professional and personal integrity.


1. Performance of this job will be evaluated annually by the Superintendent of Schools in accordance with the standards and
procedures for administrative personnel.

1. Applicants should apply, via SchoolSpring, attention Mr. Marano, Superintendent of Schools.
2. Applicants must be willing to sign a Criminal Offender Record Information release upon application, and have no recorded serious
violations that would prevent hiring for this position. Your appointment is pending suitable fingerprint results in accordance with
Fingerprinting Requirements for Public School Employees: Implementation of MGL Chapter 77 of the Acts of 2013.
3. This position is open until filled. Internal applicants must submit notice of intent to apply prior to 3:00 pm on
Monday, February 25, 2019.
4. Following initial screening, those candidates selected for personal interviews will be notified.

Peter D. Marano
Superintendent of Schools


No person shall be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to and/or employment in the public schools of Bellingham, for admittance to State and Federally funded grant programs, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and course of study presented in these schools, on account of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, disability, religion, sexual orientation or homelessness. This non-discrimination applies to all persons, whether or not the individual is a member of a conventionally defined “minority group". Questions or concerns regarding compliance under Title IX and/or Section 504, please contact Rachel Lawrence, District Coordinator Title IX/Section 504, Bellingham Public School District, 4 Mechanic Street, Bellingham, MA 02019, 508-883-1706.

  • At least 3 years of relevant experience preferred
  • Master degree preferred
  • Citizenship, residency or work VISA in United States required

  • Application Questions
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    Contact Information
    Carolyn Rafferty, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum
    4 Mechanic Street
    Bellingham, Massachusetts 02019
    Phone: 508-883-1706
    Fax: 508-966-2402