By Max Bowenfirstname.lastname@example.org
When Kristine Kefor first heard of the opening at Palmer River Elementary School, she wasn’t looking for a change in careers—but the more she considered it, the more it seemed like the right move for herself and her family.
July 1 will mark Kefor’s first day at the Palmer River School as principal following three years in the same role at Amvet Boulevard Elementary School. A resident of Rehoboth, Kefor said the commute will be far shorter. While this was a factor in her decision, she described the atmosphere of the school as both warm and welcoming, adding that many of her neighbors have gone there.
“I would love to be able to serve in my own community,” she said. “It’s just an interesting opportunity to really think about.”
Kefor added that the choice was one she spent awhile considering and credited her husband—an art teacher at Norton High School—with talking about it with her during the April vacation. She said Palmer River is a wonderful school and she hopes to grow its existing programs.
Superintendent John Antonucci said the search has begun to find a new principal for Amvet Boulevard and the application process ends May 20. In addition, North Attleborough is seeking a new director of the Early Learning Center, as well as a curriculum director. Antonucci said the position has been empty for some time.
“This will fill a really important void that we’ve had for a couple years,” he said of the role. “We’re thrilled to fill that. I don’t think there’s any more important work we do than hiring.”
Kefor’s career began as a Norton teacher for 17 years, later becoming an assistant principal and Early Childhood Coordinator at the J.C. Solmonese Elementary School. Kefor took on the role at Amvet in August 2019. Then-Superintendent Scott Holcomb said it was the relationships she has built and experience that made her the made her the top choice for the role. Kefor credited the Amvet Boulevard teachers with doing an amazing job, especially during the shifting situation that was school during a pandemic.
“I’m excited, but sad though to leave my community,” she said. “It’s poised on some great things like the playground. The teachers are incredible and the kids are my favorite part.”