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February 13, 2013

Hamilton-Wenham High School gets a new principal

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At Wilmington High, Tracy doesn’t use an office. Instead, he uses his laptop, tablet and cellphone at various locations around the school. Most of the documents he needs are electronic, he said.

“I like to roll up my sleeves and get involved so we can share in the success,” Tracy said yesterday. “Not having an office keeps me in the middle of what happens in the classroom day-to-day.”

This is a practice he will continue in Hamilton-Wenham.

“I think it is a great approach,” Harvey said.

Tracy has been principal of Wilmington High since 2004. He began his career as a technology and science teacher in Salem, where he later served as assistant principal. He has also worked as an assistant principal in Peabody. He has an bachelor’s degree in industrial science and education from Fitchburg State College and a master’s in education administration from Cambridge College.

Harvey said he received positive feedback from members of the community who attended a meet-and-greet with Tracy. He was also impressed with a visit to Wilmington High during the interview process.

“The kids in Wilmington described (Tracy) as being everywhere all the time,” Harvey said. “They told stories of how they would see him in one hall and then run into him in the next. They joked that he had secret passages in the school.”

Harvey believes Tracy has the right attributes to lead the school to “new heights of excellence.”

“I think our high school is a good school,” he said. “But I was looking for a leader who is going to take us from very good to great.”

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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