As we wrap up this academic year, we are also feverishly planning for the fall. One of the most important steps in that planning has been to identify who will lead Mount Greylock Regional School. I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Jacob (Jake) Schutz as the new principal of MGRS. Jake will begin on July 1.
Jake began his career at Mount Greylock seven years ago as the middle and high school Assistant Principal, the same year Mary MacDonald assumed her role as principal. Prior to his time at Mount Greylock, Jake taught Special Education at Hoosac Valley High School, where he also served for a time as Athletic Director and Interim Special Services Supervisor.
Jake is a native of Adams where he currently resides with his wife Lauren, daughter Anneliese, and son Jack. He received a BA in the Studies in War and Peace in 2006 from Norwich University, an MA in Special Education from MCLA in 2010, and a CAGS in School Leadership from MCLA in 2011. Schutz serves on the Adams Parks Commission and is a Major in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.
Our 18-member Principal Search Committee, including representatives from the Mount Greylock faculty, staff and parent/guardian groups, as well as students, spent considerable time assessing each candidate's strengths as they aligned with and supported Mount Greylock's mission, values and aspirations. I am grateful for their time and thoughtful perspectives throughout the process and know that our school community, with Jake at the helm, will be stronger for it. Jake's selection is the result of their collective input about who would best serve our school community.
Jake brings specific skills and experience that I believe are critical to supporting Mount Greylock at this particular time. Critical are his extensive administrative experience and familiarity with Mount Greylock, which will allow us to transition leaders smoothly while the school community experiences uncertain challenges with COVID19. More importantly, Jake demonstrates a commitment to championing a school culture focused on the best interests of students. He will work collaboratively with all involved with remote learning to enhance experiences; this will be essential in the year to come. Finally, he will provide continuity and leadership as Mount Greylock deepens our work in building an equitable and inclusive school community and programs to support restorative practices.
Please join me in welcoming Jake Schutz as our new principal!
Kimberley Grady, Superintendent