Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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March 1, 2012

WEB UPDATE: Two AHS principal finalists picked, visiting Friday and Monday

Andover has announced two finalists to become the next Andover High School principal, and the school community will have a chance to meet with them tomorrow (Friday) and Monday, March 5.

Parents and the rest of the community may meet with each individual during separate, 45-minute evening receptions on Monday, March 5.

The finalists are James Lee, principal of Manchester Essex Regional School District High School since 2006, and Christopher Lord, principal of Shea High School in Pawtucket, R.I. since 2003. Brief biographies of each, as supplied by the town's human resources department, are included below.

Lord will visit the high school on Friday, March 2, to tour the school and meet with students, teachers and administrators. Lee will do the same on Monday, March 5.

Lee will meet with parents and other interested community members on Monday, March 5 from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m.. Lord will meet with the community on Monday from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. Both receptions will be in the Andover High School library, 80 Shawsheen Road.

The Andover Public Schools made the announcement about the finalists and their pending visits today, Thursday, through a 1:20 p.m. email to parents by Superintendent Marinel McGrath. The Townsman was informed through a 1:23 p.m. email from the Andover human resources department.

Andover High has been run by an interim principal since Oct. 4, 2010.

Andover had hoped to hire a new principal last spring. But at the end of last school year, the schools reported that the search committee tasked with reviewing 18 candidates "found no viable candidate who can assume this role." A new search was conducted this year, with the intent of having a new principal in place for July 1, 2012. Lee and Lord were selected from a pool of 29 candidates.


The school system reported the following plan for daytime visits, prior to the community receptions on Monday, March 5.

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