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The Westfield School Board agreed Monday that it will advertise next month for a new middle school principal and said that it hopes to name a successor to Dennis Shively in November.

Shively announced his retirement in August, effective Jan. 1.

The board plans to start interviews Oct. 30 and hopes to appoint a new principal on Nov. 6 or Nov. 27.

School Superintendent Margaret Sauer said during meeting that the board would like to have a successor who is available to work with Shively before the Christmas break.

The board also said that it is prepared if it cannot find a suitable candidate. "If we don't find a candidate that we think is a good match, most likely we would look for an interim principal to finish out the year," Sauer said.

Retired administrators in the area may also be asked to work if a successor cannot be found before Shively's departure, she said.

Shively had told the board that he is excited about new prospects but saddened about his departure from Westfield, where he has worked for the last 35 years. He said he has seen the school grow from a $3 million budget to one of more than $11 million and has been on board for two major building projects and two merger studies.

In other business, the board announced that it has sent out two applications for the board seat left vacant by former Vice President Mark Grohol, who resigned in August.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Sauer said. If the seat is filled, it would become open again in May for the election.

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