​​​EHS Principal Kevin Burke to take job at Pioneer Valley Regional School 

  • Easthampton High School Principal Kevin Burke will be the new principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 5/20/2019 11:32:01 AM

NORTHFIELD — Outgoing Easthampton High School Principal Kevin Burke is taking a new job as principal of Pioneer Valley Regional School in Northfield.

Burke replaces Principal Jean Bacon, who has been at Pioneer since fall 2016. Bacon announced her departure in March, citing personal reasons. Burke will be at a meet-and-greet event on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the school library. 

Burke announced in February that he was stepping down as principal of Easthampton High School on June 30 at the end of his three-year contract. He has been principal of the high school since 2016 and worked for the school district for 11 years. During his tenure, the state Attorney General’s Office issued a finding in 2017 that black and Hispanic students had been disciplined more severely than others.

When Burke announced he was leaving the district, he and Easthampton Superintendent Allison LeClair did not say if the finding had influenced his decision. At the time, Burke specifically cited a wish to spend more time with his family.

“I want this time to be meaningful and I have found that in my current position, because of the considerable amount (of) job responsibilities, this is not possible,” Burke wrote in a Feb. 15 letter of resignation to LeClair.   

Burke said this week that he wanted to come to Pioneer Valley Regional School for a new start and because he is already familiar with the area. Burke has an associate degree from Greenfield Community College and later went to a four-year college. He recently toured Pioneer and met the staff, he said.

“So I’m very familiar with the area. I’m excited to be up in Northfield, Bernardston, Leyden and Warwick,” Burke said.

During his 11 years in Easthampton, Burke worked as a middle school math teacher and assistant principal of the high school before becoming principal. Before Easthampton, he had worked in Springfield schools for four years.



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