East Hampton Names New High School Principal

East Hampton High School Principal Adam Fine. file photo

The East Hampton School Board was expected to appoint James Crenshaw as a replacement for high school principal Adam Fine on Tuesday.

Earlier this year, the school board promoted Mr. Fine to assistant superintendent, effective July 1, with a plan for him to replace Superintendent Richard Burns when he retires at the end of the 2021 academic year.

Mr. Crenshaw is principal at the Eastern Suffolk Board of Cooperative Education’s Westhampton Beach Learning Center.

“We interviewed him a few weeks ago — we had a pretty good list of candidates — and this guy was really well versed and had a lot of experience on his end,” said School Board President J.P. Foster.

He said the board interviewed four finalists for the job, and Mr. Fine was a member of the search committee. “Adam is very happy,” he said. “He played a big role in the interviewing and selection process.”

Mr. Foster said the district is looking for long-term stability among administrators and pointed out that Mr. Fine has been high school principal for nearly 10 years. “We were a revolving door with a new principal almost every year before Adam,” he said. “I think now we are considered a desirable location.”

Mr. Crenshaw will be appointed to a three-year term, starting at an annual salary of $168,000.