BREWSTER — More than 25 candidates have applied to be the next principal at Stony Brook Elementary School, Nauset Regional Schools Superintendent Thomas Conrad told the Brewster School Committee on Thursday.

The applicants are jockeying for the position that was opened when the district declined to renew principal Patricia Allen’s contract, which expired July 1.

A hiring committee is being finalized and interviews are expected to begin Wednesday, Conrad said. The district hopes to complete the first round of interviews by July 24 and offer the job to their top candidate by early August.

Keith Gauley, the district’s assistant superintendent, has taken over as the elementary school’s interim principal until a replacement is named, Conrad said previously.

When Conrad announced at the end of June that Allen’s contract would not be renewed, he said the district was looking for new leadership.

“It’s been a difficult, challenging year at the Stony Brook Elementary School on a number of fronts,” Conrad said in a statement. “At this point, we are looking for a new approach toward leadership at Stony Brook in the coming year. The education and physical and emotional safety of our students continues to be our highest priority.”

During the past school year, teacher Noah Campbell-Halley was charged with sexually assaulting students; his case is ongoing. Allen was arrested for allegedly breaking into an ex-boyfriend’s apartment, but the charges were dismissed.

The district is also dealing with several grievances filed by staff at Stony Brook over assignments, Conrad told the committee on Thursday, although he did not go into detail.

Conrad did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.

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