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New Principal Named for Northville's Silver Springs Elementary School

Melissa Hunt of Texas was picked for the post.

Out of more than 125 applicants for the principal position at , the selection committee narrowed its pick down to one – Melissa Hunt of Texas.

Hunt was unanimously confirmed for the post Tuesday night by the Northville school board. She will replace Scott Snyder, .

"We really see her as someone who has the capacity to take a great school like Silver Springs forward," said Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher.

Hunt, who attended the meeting with her husband, comes from the McKinney Independent School District in Texas where she was an assistant principal. According to her resume, she has experience as a teacher too, having instructed second and third graders.

She is a 2002 graduate of Texas A&M University, where she earned her B.S. in Early Childhood education. In 2007, Hunt earned her Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership.

At the meeting Hunt said she was happy to join a "place that shares my passion for education."

The board approved a pro-rated salary of $85,498 for Hunt during her one-year probationary contract with the district.

EBC August 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM
I must confess that I am surprised that they choose someone with so little experience. IMHO.
Joanna Vaghy August 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Really of all the teachers and administration here someone from out of state?!
Christa DiNapoli August 29, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Why the negativity? I attended the meeting last night and found Ms. Hunt to be engaging, enthusiastic and truly passionate about this new role. I think she will be well liked by students, staff and parents alike. What Patch did not mention is that Ms. Hunt was selected as the best fit of 125 applicants, 20 of whom were interviewed by the administration. Four finalists were interviewed by a panel that included Silver Springs parents and teachers, and two of those were interviewed again before Ms. Hunt was chosen for the role.
Robert Griffith August 29, 2012 at 07:27 PM
A lttle surprising that we could not find a suitable candidate from within our NPS system.

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