NORTHAMPTON — Northampton Public Schools is in the midst of finding a new principal to helm the high school.

In a recent press release, Superintendent Portia Bonner announced that there are two finalists for the Northampton High School principal position after the Northampton High School Selection Committee went through a formal interview process where seven applicants were considered.

The announcement comes a few weeks after current high school principal William Wehrli announced his retirement from the position at the end of this school year.
According to Bonner’s announcement, the two candidates up for the position are Jonathan Bruno and Ben Taglieri.

Bruno holds a doctorate from Northeastern University in curriculum leadership and has over 20 years of experience in the field of education serving as a teacher, director of teaching and learning. He currently serves as a multi-tiered system of support coordinator at Southern Berkshire Regional Schools and was also a finalist for the Easthampton superintendent position in 2023.

Taglieri, meanwhile, holds two masters: master of art education in organizational management and master of arts in history. According to the announcement, he has over 20 years of experience in education as a teacher, department chair, instructional technology specialist and assistant principal.

He currently serves as the instructional technology specialist at Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District.

When asked about his retirement, Wehrli said he preferred not to comment at this time since he feels that the focus should be on the candidates and the hopes for the future of NHS.

According to Bonner’s office, each finalist will visit the high school to meet students and staff. There is also an opportunity for caregivers and community members to meet the candidates on April 25 at 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium.