IPSWICH — Assistant Principal Dave Dalton will take take over leadership of the high school when longtime Principal Barry Cahill retires Aug. 31.
Superintendent Rick Korb announced yesterday he will appoint Dalton, who has worked in the Ipswich schools for more than a decade, as Ipswich High principal effective Sept. 1.
Dalton has worked as a teacher and athletic director in Ipswich and has been assistant principal at the high school since 2001.
Cahill and his wife, Cheryl Forster, the principal at Ipswich Middle School, announced last month they will retire this summer. They each have been at their posts for 17 years.
"I know you will all join me in supporting Dave (Dalton) as he transitions into his new position," Korb wrote in an email to parents yesterday. "Please know that we will develop a transition calendar that will allow Dave time to work with Barry during July and August."
Korb said he intends to host a "meet and greet" forum in the near future so the public to hear about Dalton's plans for the school and ask him questions.
Korb also said yesterday he will be forming a search committee of school staff, parents and a School Committee member for the middle school principal position.
"We will begin advertising for this position immediately, and it is my hope to have a candidate selected by the end of April," Korb wrote.
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