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Neither High School Principal Candidate Gets the Job

Neither of the two finalists to become the next principal at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School were selected for the job.

Neither of the two finalists to become the next principal of has been selected for the job, Acting Superintendent Peter Gray told the school’s teachers and staff on Wednesday.

Gray confirmed to Patch on Thursday morning that neither candidate was selected and that a press release would be distributed later on Thursday detailing the reasons for his decision. Gray, as acting superintendent, is charged with making the selection.

The job became open when Matt Fox was hired as principal of in Marblehead. Fox had been the principal of both the high school and . The new position would be just for the high school. A separate search for a middle school principal - who is expected to be on the job for the first day of school in the fall - has just begun.

The two finalists, Philip Conrad and Richard Manley, . A decision had been expected by this Thursday, June 9.

Conrad worked at the Regional for 13 years, including four as an associate and assistant principal. He became principal at Rockport Middle/High School last year. Conrad told parents last week that he was not looking for a new job other than to return to the Regional. He lives in Georgetown.

Manley was the founding principal of Windham High School in New Hampshire, where he is now a teacher. Before that he was principal at North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend for two years.

Manley has been the finalists for five other principal jobs in Massachusetts, according to various press reports. He was one the finalists – but did not get the job – at King Philip Regional High School, Medfield High School, Pembroke High School, South Hadley High School and Westwood High School.

He lives in Hollis, N.H., where he also serves on the school board. He is a graduate.

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