Hunking School Principal Nolan Leaving for Position in Amesbury

Hunking School (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

Hunking Bobcats, get ready to wave those paws goodbye to Principal Shannon Nolan in June. After three years as the head of the Bradford school, Nolan has accepted a position in Amesbury, she tells WHAV, planning to depart at the close of the 2018-2019 school year.

Nolan will take over the principal position at Amesbury Elementary School next fall in a move she tells WHAV is bittersweet.

“This is a great opportunity for me and my family. I have two young children and a husband who travels and Amesbury is about 15 minutes from home,” Nolan said. “I have learned so much in Haverhill and made so many wonderful memories.”

When Nolan starts in Amesbury, she’ll reunite with Jared Fulgoni, Hunking’s former principal and Amesbury’s current superintendent.

Nolan was selected to succeed Fulgoni at the Hunking in 2015 by then-Superintendent James F. Scully. Receiving her masters in education from Keene State College and her certificate of graduate studies at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H., Nolan came to Haverhill after stints in Salisbury and in the Triton Regional School district.

“She is a very successful and passionate individual who has a record marked with integrity and a vision that will maintain the course for success for the Hunking School as that school takes on a whole new phase in the upcoming years,” Scully said at the time. “Shannon has high expectations and demands results. In my opinion, that is a crucial ingredient that we owe our children, and we should expect nothing less.”

Nolan was principal when the new $61.5 million Hunking opened in 2016, transforming the existing middle school to serve students in grades kindergarten through eighth.

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