Beverly Man Named Middle School Interim Principal

John Driscoll was named Thursday as the interim principal at Miles River Middle School for the coming year.

An assistant principal at a Revere middle school has been named the interim principal at for the coming school year.

John Driscoll of Beverly will start on Aug. 1 and says he is interested in permanently becoming the school principal if this year goes well for him, students and staff.

Driscoll was earlier this month, said Interim Schools Superintendent Peter Gray.

But Driscoll withdrew his name before the finalists were announced. And soon afterward the other two finalists were out of the running – Elizabeth Raucci of Manchester-by-the-Sea withdrew her name from consideration and Nancy Croy of Green Bay, Wisc. took a job in Des Moines, Iowa.

That’s when Gray began a search to fill the position with an interim position and Driscoll’s interest reemerged.

Driscoll will be leaving Susan B. Anthony School in Revere, where he has worked as one of two assistant principals for the past year. Before that, he was dean of admissions and freshman academic programs at in Danvers for five years.

He has an undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a Master’s degree in Education from Boston College. Driscoll will be paid $105,000 for the interim year, Gray said.

Driscoll will fill a vacancy created when Matt Fox left earlier this summer to become principal at .

In today’s announcement, Driscoll said it is a “win-win situation” for both him and the as the “moving parts” in the Hamilton-Wenham schools “become more crystallized.”

“I hope to build solid relationships with students, teachers, and parents, as we look forward,” Driscoll said in the written announcement. “If all goes well, I am eager to explore a long-term commitment to the students and families of Hamilton and Wenham; My hope is that the community feels the same way.”

Gray said he is “elated” about Driscoll’s decision to take the job.

“John was initially one of our top choices during the original search earlier this month,” Gray said. “When he contacted us about the interim principal position, we were excited and appreciative of his desire to take this challenge one small step at a time.”

Both Driscoll and John Hughes, at on Tuesday, will take part in a “meet-and-greet” for community members, faculty, parents and students next month at a date and time to be announced.

Lisa fibbe July 22, 2011 at 12:45 PM
now if we can keep from scaring him away after his interim year!


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