In a split decision, the Amsterdam School Board votednot to renew Principal Adam Galvin’s contract for a third year. School officials said a replacement should be on board by the end of the month.
Galvin is the school’s first principal and has served two years at the helm of the rural school, according to district records. State law requires school districts to hire a principal once the student population exceeds a certain threshold. Amsterdam school currently has 133 students and is estimated to increase by 11 students next year.
Trustee John Fowler said he cast the lone vote out of five to keep Galvin on board.
“I voted to give him a contract,” he said. “He did a good job. It was a rough first year, but the second year it seemed to be a little better. I wonder if he was the right fit for our little school. I think he would have been a better fit for a bigger school.”
The board is working with Gallatin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Ellen Fitzgerald to find a replacement. Fitzgerald said she has received 17 applications and a screening committee of several stakeholders will meet to narrow down the finalists.
The position should be filled by the end of June, both Fitzgerald and Fowler said.
Galvin said he has no hard feelings about the decision and intends to apply for administrative positions elsewhere.
“I love Amsterdam School and I will miss everyone,” he said.
Galvin was hired in 2009 after serving a similar role at Arrowhead School in the Paradise Valley south of Livingston. After finishing college in his home state of Massachusetts, Galvin and his wife moved to the Gallatin Valley in 1994. He worked as a teacher and technology coordinator at both Monforton and Ophir schools.
From there, he became part of a team that built two charter schools from the ground up in California, where he also earned a Master’s degree in education administration, he said.
“I’ll be a principal at another school, but I’m not sure where yet,” he said.
Galvin was first hired as a part-time administrator at Amsterdam, Fowler said.
The board bumped Galvin up to three-quarter time last year. Ideally, the board wants the new principal to be half-time and to teach physical education the other half, Fowler said.