Sean M. Gilrein, the superintendent of the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District for the past 13 years, has accepted an interim position as the principal of grades 7 to 12 in Mashpee.
The appointment temporarily fills the vacancy left by Mashpee High School principal Jane A. Day, who resigned a few weeks ago after receiving a contract extension to lead the Mashpee Middle and High schools.
Prior to his role as superintendent at Dudley-Charlton, Mr. Gilrein was an assistant principal for two years and a grades 7 to 12 principal for seven years at Shepherd Hill Regional High School.
“Mr. Gilrein’s experience...will immediately support the work commenced under Jane Day's tenure and provide exceptional leadership to our students and staff,” superintendent Brian A. Hyde wrote in an e-mail to staff and faculty today. He also thanked Ms. Day for her service to the children of Mashpee and wished her success in future endeavors.
Mr. Gilrein announced his retirement from the Dudley-Charlton Regional School District in January. A few months later he was a finalist in the search for a superintendent of the Monomoy Regional School District.
He was not selected for the position, but Mr. Gilrein began to discuss a one-year contract with Mr. Hyde when a principal position opened in Mashpee at the end of the school year. The candidate participated in a meeting with faculty members and school committee chairman Scott P. McGee on July 3.
“I think we got really lucky,” Mr. McGee said. “There are a lot of superintendents who say they’ve had enough...sometimes you just get lucky, and at the right time, Sean was there.”
Although there was not enough time to launch a search committee for the appointment, Mr. McGee said, a committee will likely be designated to assess his performance and seek a new principal if necessary when his term expires.
Ms. Day, the high school principal for the past four years, is the third of four principals to resign from the district this year, following Kenneth C. Coombs School principal Elaine M. Pender and Mashpee Middle School principal Sheila A. Arnold.
Ms. Arnold’s position was eliminated by a districtwide administrative reorganization plan that designates one administration for grades 7-12.
Ms. Day will begin a new role as an English department head and teacher for Lexington High School in August.