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Three Finalists Named for Peabody High Principal Job

Among the finalists is current assistant principal Eric Buckley. The other two candidates are administrators from outside districts.

The pool of candidates to take the helm at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School has been narrowed down to three finalists.

Superintendent Joe Mastrocola informed the School Committee Tuesday night that he would be publicly interviewing those candidates Jan. 28-30 at the Kiley School.

The finalists recommended by the PVMHS principal screening committee are:

  • Eric Buckley, Assistant Principal at PVMHS
  • John Dillon, Assistant Principal for Education Services at Minuteman Regional High School
  • Layne Millington, Principal at Swampscott High School

Buckley, who has been the Assistant Principal at PVMHS for several years, is a Peabody native and graduate of Bishop Fenwick. He is also a cancer survivor.

Mastrocola did not have resumes immediately available at Tuesday night's meeting on each candidate.

He did, however, say he felt all three were "excellent candidates to move forward with" and praised the screening committee led by Karen Budrow and Joan Endicott for its diligent and exhaustive efforts in the search process.

The new principal will replace Ed Sapienza, who officially retired last school year but agreed to return for one more year until a permanent hire was made.

Mastrocola said next week's meetings will have informal and formal components. Starting at 3:30 p.m. on each day, anyone interested in asking a question of a candidate will be able to do so prior to the formal interview he will conduct at 4:15 p.m.

All meetings will be at the Kiley School and open to the public.

Mastrocola said that following the interviews, he will complete background checks and references before making his final selection.

That person will then be announced to the School Committee first and then to the community, which Mastrocola hopes to do by Feb. 27.

Saber Walsh January 23, 2013 at 12:31 PM
Mr. Buckley is one of the most balanced people I've met. One of my nieces said that, when he was on leave for cancer treatment, he Skyped or somehow conferenced in with the students and talked more about how great THEY were. Character is defined when we face adversity: anybody who faces cancer with such courage is an amazing individual.
John Carbone January 23, 2013 at 02:23 PM
Looks like a solid three! I've heard good things about the Dillon guy as well. Long-time Educator with a great reputation across both comprehensive and vocational high schools.
Kevin Caruso January 23, 2013 at 04:37 PM
I know Jack Dillon both professionally and personally. I was a young educator, who has learned from Jack, and I am an Athletic Director because of his guidance and direction. Jack is a man of tremendous character. He is a loyal family man, and as an educator, Jack always puts kids first when making decisions. Jack leads by example and is an inspiration to other teachers. People at our school that remember Jack talk about how great the school culture was when he was here. Great leaders leave a legacy, and at Maynard High School Jack Dillon has a great legacy. Peabody High School will make great strides if Jack Dillon is picked as the next Principal.
Daubach January 23, 2013 at 07:38 PM
Anyone who doesn't know that Eric Buckley is going to get this job obviously hasn't been in Peabody very long. Don't get me wrong, he definitely deserves it (and would have my vote), but to think that anyone else even has a fighting chance is just silly.
Saber Walsh January 24, 2013 at 03:07 PM
That pretty much sums up Peabody in two sentences.
Concerned parent January 30, 2013 at 02:43 AM
It's time for a positive change in the right direction for Peabody High School. I really hope Dillon & Millington are seriously considered! This school needs to make tremendous strides, it's ranked significantly below compared to our neighbors like Danvers, Lynnfield, & North Reading which is extremely discouraging and the reason why many move out of Peabody. This school needs CHANGE & FAST!!
Daubach February 02, 2013 at 06:36 PM
You can't compare Peabody to Lynnfield and North Reading. What is the median household income in Peabody compared to these cities? How much more do these cities pay teachers than in Peabody? Do these cities invest more in schools than Peabody does? All are factors that shouldn't be ignored. Putting in some "new guy" won't fix the problem. We have to change the culture of our city..which starts by INVESTING IN EDUCATION. You are not going to get a Corvette for the price of a Kia...you get what you pay for!

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