By Brian McCready
ORANGE – The Amity Board of Education has promoted Teacher Neil Holt to the position of assistant principal at the Orange campus of Amity Regional Middle School.
Holt is currently serving as a Spanish teacher at the school, which is where he has been since 2007. Superintendent of Schools Charles Dumais made the recommendation to the school board for it to hire Holt.
“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve such an excellent school, with its outstanding staff and supportive community,” Holt said in a statement released by Amity. “I love working with middle school students, and I intend to work hard to strengthen the culture of learning, high expectations, and caring that makes our school such a wonderful place. With my knowledge of the school, and having worked as part of the school leadership team over the past few years, I look forward to a smooth transition into the coming school year.”
Holt will begin his new role on July 1.
Dumais said out of more than 120 candidates, Holt “rose to the top with exemplary demonstrated skills in both organizational leadership and instructional leadership.”
“His broad middle school teaching history and his experience as a Content Leader in the district contribute to his suitability for this position,” Dumais said.
Amity Board of Education Chairman William Blake said the board’s Personnel Committee met with Holt and interviewed him.
“I sat in on the interview and he’s been at the middle school since 2007. He lives middle school kids and is very enthusiastic,” Blake said. “He’s worked out very well there. He’ll do a great job.”