HAMILTON-WENHAM — Two finalists have been named for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School principal position, one of whom was the school's assistant principal until last year.

Philip Conrad, current principal of Rockport Middle/High School, was assistant principal at HWRHS from 2006 to 2010. Conrad is a finalist along with Richard Manley, a teacher at Windham High School in New Hampshire who was previously a high school principal in Townsend, Mass.

HWRHS Principal Matthew Fox leaves the post July 1 to begin a new job as principal of Veterans Middle School in Marblehead.

Although Fox has overseen both Hamilton-Wenham's high and middle school for the past two years, yesterday's press release from Peter Gray, assistant superintendent, announces Conrad and Manley as finalists for high school principal and does not mention the middle school.

The principal search committee, composed of teachers and parents from both the middle and high schools and a sixth-through-12th-grade curriculum coordinator, held interviews this week and selected the two finalists Tuesday night.

Twenty-two candidates had applied for the job.

Conrad has a master's degree in educational leadership from Endicott College and lives in Georgetown.

He worked in the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District for 12 years before leaving last spring. He was associate principal at the middle school, assistant principal at the high school and was hired in 1997 as the Fine Arts Department chairman, where he oversaw music, art and drama.

Manley is a doctoral candidate in educational administration at Rivier College in Nashua, N.H., and has a certificate of advanced graduate studies in leadership and learning from Rivier.

He was principal of Windham High School from 2008 to 2010 and currently teaches there; he was principal of North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend from 2006 to 2008.

In Windham, Manley was hired to start a new school with all new staff and a new building in 2008. Last spring, he chose to step down as principal and become a social studies teacher, for personal reasons.

Manley lives in Hollis, N.H.

Staff writer Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SNewsBethany.


Public forum to meet-and-greet Philip Conrad and Richard Manley, finalists for Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School principal

Thursday, June 2, 5 p.m.

Miles River Middle School, 787 Bay Road, Hamilton

For more information, call 978-468-5310

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