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March 1, 2013

Swampscott principal picked to lead Marblehead High

MARBLEHEAD — Swampscott High Principal Layne Millington may be trading blue apparel for red and black at the big Thanksgiving game this year, after Superintendent Gregory Maass offered him the Marblehead High principal’s job Wednesday.

The School Committee was scheduled to meet last night, as Maass said he needs approval to finish negotiating compensation and benefits with Millington, who has guided Swampscott High for the past three years. Millington is in the third year of his contract and makes $125,880, according to the Swampscott superintendent’s office.

Millington’s new post would begin July 1.

“I am extremely pleased at the opportunity to work alongside the MHS faculty in service to the students and community of Marblehead,” Millington said in an email. He said he was invited to attend last night’s School Committee meeting.

Maass said he made the decision between Millington and acting Marblehead High Principal Debra Heaton with the help of a 15-person screening committee and a 17-person interview committee.

Heaton had been assistant principal at Marblehead High before former Principal Ken Weinstein left last June to head a middle school in Princeton, N.J. Millington also had been a finalist for principal at Peabody High, but that job has gone to the school’s assistant principal, Eric Buckley.

Millington has received rave reviews in Swampscott, said Maass, who said that several things about Millington stood out.

“We were looking for someone with real high school experience,” said Maass, citing Millington’s seven years as an administrator, first as an assistant principal in Belmont and then as Swampscott’s principal. He also has a financial background from the days when he was in the private sector.

Maass described Millington as someone willing to listen to staff and students and to collaborate to solve problems.

“We were looking for that,” Maass said.

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