MHS Principal Search to Begin in January

Image result for image help us find new principalAs many of you know by now our Middle High School Principal Peter Lucia will be retiring in June after 15 years as the leader of the school. Peter has provided steady leadership over the years and under his watch the school has maintained an excellent reputation as one of the best schools on the North Shore.  Over time, the academic standards have been raised and he has been a strong advocate for maintaining a comprehensive program of studies despite tough budgetary time. In this way, the school has maintained  a complement of  honors and Advanced Placement courses, engineering and STEM courses,  arts, theater and music programs and a variety of options for students with special needs to ensure that they access the general curriculum.  Our AP scores have been recognized by the state on numerous occasions ( first in one year) , over 90% of students every year go onto  further their education, the state refers to the school as a Level 1 school and we have been recognized by Boston Magazine on their best high schools list each time they focus on high schools.  Mr. Lucia and his staff have worked closely together to ensure that the climate and culture of the school supports acceptance and access to opportunities for all students through their daily interactions and opportunities for students  to be involved in their school. We are going to miss his leadership  and I know you join me in wishing his the best in his retirement.

I am writing to share the process I am using to find Mr. Lucia’s replacement and to let you know how you can become involved in the process.  The position has already been posted and advertised and I will be convening a search committee composed of parents, students, staff, school committee and administration.  I currently have five staff members, and one school committee member signed up and I am looking for four parents preferably from different grades to join the committee.  The commitment is to attend all interviews which are likely to be in the evening during the week of February 5th.  We will screen the applicants before hand internally so the candidates the search committee interviews will meet the basic criteria.  I would expect this might involve 2 or 3 nights depending on the number of candidates interviewed. This group will identify semifinalists who will be interviewed the week of February 26th. Some members of this group may be asked to assist with conducting site visits both to our school and in the candidates’ districts.  It is important that anyone who signs up is able to commit the time to the entire process so that we can all effectively evaluate the candidates because we were all part of the process. If you are interested please drop me an e-mail at before January 4, 2018.  If there are more volunteers than slots, available  I will first look at the distribution by grade and then pull names from a hat in order to be fair.

I am also soliciting input from all constituencies about the qualities and attributes we are looking for in the next principal at a Coffee with Carol on  Monday night January 8, 2018 in the GMHS library.  This will be an informal conversation and all parents are welcome.   I will be putting together a brief survey for parents who can’t come to this meeting around the same time period. The benefit to attending is that there can be a give and take conversation which i always find useful and informative. This is an important process and i want to give everyone multiple ways to become involved.

Once the finalists have been selected and site visits are scheduled, there will be a drop in time for parents to come and meet the candidates so look for that date on the morning announcements and/or my blog.

I look forward to working with everyone to hire a great principal to continue to take this great school to the next level! If you have any questions, please let me know.