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Paula Fitzgerald named new principal of Chestnut Hill Community School in Belchertown

Fitzgerald, the current principal of Quarry Hill Community School in Monson, will begin her role as the Belchertown principal July 1, according to a notice posted by Belchertown Superintendant Judith Houle on her blog.

Fitzgerald also has experience working in Holyoke public schools as a reading teacher, coach and principal. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Elms College and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Houle said Fitzgerald was hired following an intensive search.

“I would like to thank the members of the search committee, administration, faculty staff, parents and others who gave of their time to screen and interview applicants and meet with our finalists,” Houle wrote on her blog. “Your input was most valuable in the decision-making process.”

Houle said more details about Fitzgerald’s transition will be announced in the coming weeks.

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