Vito Perrone to leave Easthampton High School for principal’s job in West Springfield

Last modified: Tuesday, June 02, 2015

EASTHAMPTON — Easthampton High School principal Vito Perrone will leave his position at the end of the school year to become the new principal at West Springfield High School.

“It’s really an amazing opportunity for me professionally,” Perrone said Monday. “But also personally, for my family it was the right decision at the time.”

Perrone, 50, lives in Westhampton with his wife, Natasha, and their four children — two daughters at Westhampton Elementary School and two sons at Hampshire Regional High School, including one who will start college in the fall.

Perrone will begin his new position July 1 after six years in Easthampton. Before that, he worked for the Carson City, Nevada, school department for the first 15 years of his career. He is a native of Manchester, Connecticut, first coming to the Valley to attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he played football.

Under Perrone’s leadership, Easthampton High School went from Level 3 to Level 1, according to a state ranking system determined by performance on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System tests. This means the school went from being among the 20 percent of Massachusetts schools with the largest proficiency gaps to the top percentage of schools considered to be meeting state standards.

He said staff and students in Easthampton have been supportive and understanding of his choice, though they tell him they will miss him.

“It’s a bittersweet thing for me. I really cared deeply about the kids and the school and faculty,” he said. “I didn’t make the decision lightly, but I think I made it for the right reasons and I’m hopeful it will work out for me, for West Springfield and ultimately will work out for Easthampton High too.”

Superintendent Nancy Follansbee expressed her gratitude for Perrone’s work in the district.

“We congratulate Dr. Perrone on his new position,” Follansbee said in an emailed statement to the Gazette. “He has provided strong leadership at our high school and he will be missed.”

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