Principal Search Down to Two Finalists.

I am pleased to announce that the search for the next Principal for the Georgetown Middle High School  is down to two final candidates. We had 26 applicants and a  Search Committee compiled of parents, students and school/district staff   and one parent/ School Committee member selected eight candidates for an initial interview. From that interview, the field was narrowed to four candidates that were offered a second interview.  All accepted the chance to interview again and from there three candidates were offered site visits. Two candidates accepted and one withdrew from the process.

The finalists are Daniel Richards who is the current Principal of Belmont High School and Bryan Lombardi who is the current Principal of Northampton High School. Both candidates have strong backgrounds in education and experience in the role. They have proven track records of driving educational improvement  and both pride themselves on being visible and engaged with students, staff and parents.

There are many districts in our area looking for secondary school principals so we need to keep the  process moving forward at a pace where we don’t lose quality candidates to other districts. With this in mind,  both finalists visited our school on Friday February 9th. They had the chance to meet with groups of students, parents,’district and school administrators, teachers and school staff during their visit from 10:00-AM to  3:00 PM. They also toured the building and visit classrooms.

Next week on Monday and Tuesday,’a small group of us will be travelling to Belmont and Northampton to meet with groups of people who can  talk to us about each candidate from their experience . We will have the chance to ask questions  which will help us get to know each candidate better from the perspective  of  the people who know each of them well. My goal is to have this decision made by late next week after speaking with their Superintendents and reviewing all of the feedback gained throughout the process.

I want to thank the steering committee members Ally Viera, Cerise Cauthron , Mike  Murphy, Liz Marchetti, Sandra Schwarzkopf,  Julia Robinson . Stacey Lucido, Maggie Van Galen, John Willis , Eric Zadina , Amanda Feeks, Chloe Martens, Julia Walsh, Stephen MacDoanld, Alyssa Gaeta, Collin MacDonald , Heidi Mongeau and Suzanne MacDonald.  They devoted many hours to helping with this important process!

I will keep you posted as this process continues.’ We are pleased Have received a number of great applicants interested in this position and we are looking  forward to selecting the next Principal of the MHS .