Charles Dumais Ready To Take The Helm At Amity

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Feb 282014

dumais-300x191The highlight for the week at Amity High School was a reception held to welcome the new Region 5 Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Charles “Chip” Dumais.

According to Amity Principal Charles Britton, this past Wednesday afternoon, Dumais met with Amity faculty, staff and administration during an after school reception. He will begin his tenure in Amity next Monday, March 3.

Dumais looks forward to meeting with students and parents soon.  As he transitions into the position, interim superintendent, Mike Nast, will be transitioning out.

“Mr. Nast served as the interim superintendent since July, 2013. On behalf of the entire faculty, staff and administration, we extend our appreciation to him for his exemplary leadership,” Britton said. “We wish Mr. Nast all the best of luck in his future endeavors. We know he will continue to work tirelessly as an advocate for public education across Connecticut.”

Amity Board of Ed Names Charles “Chip” Dumais New Superintendent

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Jan 132014

New Amity Supt. Charles Dumais

New Amity Supt. Charles Dumais

At the Amity Board of Education meeting Monday night, the board unanimously voted in Charles Dumais as the new superintendent.

Dumais has been the principal of Newtown High School since January 2008. So, what makes him special?

In a press release, Board of Education Chairman William Blake wrote that Dumais was selected from a pool of qualified candidates. “Throughout its search, the Board of Education relied heavily on the feedback gathered in the Amity Community Profile Assessment, input from focus groups, and the results of online survey research in October and November.

“We are thrilled that the long search for Amity’s next superintendent has culminated in the appointment of Charles “Chip” Dumais. Chip is a talented educator and leader, and has a history of success in every position he has held.  He is a passionate advocate for students, and has an infectious enthusiasm for learning.  We believe we have found the right person to lead Amity forward in preparing our children for the challenges of the ever changing world.”

Dumais is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.  He received his Bachelor of Science with a major in Physics in 1988, and Master’s of Science in Physics in 1993.  He earned a Sixth-Year Educational Leadership certification in 2004 from Southern Connecticut State University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Executive Leadership from the University of Connecticut in 2008. He anticipates receiving his doctorate in Educational Leadership from Central Connecticut State University in July 2014.

Dumais has had a distinguished career in education that began as a science teacher at Haddam-Killingworth High School in 1990. He continued his teaching career as a physics and calculus teacher at Darien High School. He served as the Science Department Chairman at Trumbull High School before being appointed the Assistant Principal of Staples High School in Westport. After four years, he became the Principal of Newtown High School.

Dumais is a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). He also serves on numerous committees at the Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), including the Principals’ Center Board of Control, the CIAC Board of Control and the Professional Studies Committee. He was a founding member of the Crisis Response Team, and also formerly served as the chairman of the Technology Committee at CAS.

“It is a great honor to have been selected to be the Superintendent in a community that overwhelmingly demonstrates its commitment to students, athletics, and artists,”  Dumais said upon learning he had been selected for the Amity position. “I am excited to become a part of this great team of educators and am looking forward to contributing to the growth of this learning organization.”

Dumais begins his new position on March 1.  The Amity Board of Education and C.E.S Executive Search Services coordinated in the superintendent search.

Amity Superintendent Search Continues, Meeting Tonight

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Feb 282013

Screen shot 2013-02-26 at 3.57.24 PMThe Amity PTSA would like to remind the community that the next PTSA meeting is scheduled today, February 28 at 7 pm in the Amity Regional High School Library Media Center.

The PTSA will be hosting the Superintendent Search Consultant, Dr. Jacoby.

The community is welcome to join this meeting and provide input for Dr. Jacoby to use as she assists the Region 5 Board of Education with the search for the next Region 5 Superintendent of Schools.

Invitation To Give Input On Amity Superintendent Search

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Feb 142013

The Amity Regional School District #5 Board of Education has reopened the search for a new superintendent as Dr. John Brady will be retiring this June after several years of exemplary leadership.

Dr. Jacoby, CABE Consultant, assisting with the facilitation of the search, was asked to review and build on the feedback provided last spring from school staff, parents, students and community members who shared their thinking about the attributes, skills and professional experiences they desired in a superintendent. 

We would like to give those who were unable to participate previously or those who want the opportunity to speak again about this all important responsibility, to attend a focus group hosted by the Amity Regional High School PTSA and scheduled for Thursday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in the High School Library/Media Center.  This will be first item on the agenda for their regular monthly meeting.

Feedback from last spring, as well as all information learned at this focus group and school focus groups will be used to inform the search process.

Thank you in advance for your input.  


Dr. Jackie Jacoby

On Behalf of the

Amity Board of Education.