Swampscott High School Principal Layne Millington is one of three finalists for principal positions at both Peabody Veterans Memorial High School and Marblehead High School.
Marblehead Superintendent Greg Maass is expected to announce the new principal on Monday, said Louise Genualdo, director of human resources for Marblehead schools.
The other two finalists are Deb Heaton, Marblehead High's interim principal, and Edward Rozmiarek, Lowell High headmaster.
The Marblehead principal search started in January when a screening committee recommended eight applicants to an interview committee.
The interview committee conducted interviews and narrowed the field to four.
One of them subsequently accepted a position elsewhere.
The Marblehead superintendent interviewed the finalists before February vacation.
The other two candidates for the Peabody administratve post are:
- Eric Buckley, assistant principal at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
- John Dillon, assistant principal for education services at Minuteman Regional High School
The successful candidate for the Peabody position is expected to be announced to the Peabody community by Feb. 27, though the School Committee will find out first.
Several members of the Swampscott School Committee sought to keep the Swampscott High principal in Swampscott by bringing forth a motion on Tuesday that would have made Millington superintendent in January of 2014.
That motion was later withdrawn after debate between supporters and opponents. Opponents argued that any choice for superintendent should first go through a selection process.
Earlier, we asked the principal for any thoughts he cared to share about his possible move to Peabody.
He said his experience with the students, faculty and parents at Swampscott High has been incredible.
"Through their work, the school has grown immensely by every measure of achievement in an extraordinary way," he said. "However, I am looking at my professional options for the sake of my family and to ensure my own professional growth."
Swampscott Superintendent Lynne Celli said earlier that if Principal Millington is successful and gets the Peabody job, she said, the district will seek an administrator to continue the district's progress just as it has at the Middle School and Stanley School where principals left for new jobs last year.
Millington, formerly the assistant principal at Belmont High School, has been at the helm at SHS since July 2010.