Christopher J. Lauricella announced this week he will step down in July as head of the Park School in Amherst to lead the Albany Academies in Albany.
During Lauricella's 10-year tenure at Park, enrollment increased from 236 students in prekindergarten through high school to 303 today, school officials said.
Also, $1.3 million was raised to retire the school’s debt in 2012 and nearly $5 million was raised to support Science@Park. Construction on the Knopp-Hailpern Science Building on the school's Harlem Road campus will begin in November.
Jeremy Besch, assistant head of school, will replace Lauricella on an interim basis while a permanent replacement is selected, said Martin J. Berardi, president of the board of trustees.