School Committee Reaches Out to Principal Millington

Several Committee members asked him to consider staying in Swampscott, knowing he has applied for openings in other school districts.


Swampscott School Committee members have urged the high school principal to stay put, knowing he has applied for positions at other schools.

Principal Layne Millington is one of three finalists for the principal position at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. 

He has also applied for at least one other position, though the identity of that school has not been announced.

At Wednesday's Swampscott School Committee meeting, Chairman Larry Beaupre said students' test scores are improving at the high school, the students are being accepted to colleges they want to attend, and staff members and parents have expressed their satisfaction with the principal's work.

The chairman asked the principal to give serious consideration to a fulfilling career in Swampscott.

Committee member Ted Delano said he had heard from students and teachers who have said the school has done well under Millington's leadership.

And committee member Jaren Landen said she has received almost a dozen emails from teachers and a couple dozen emails from parents stating they hope the principal stays at Swampscott High.

The committee member wished the principal luck in his job search but said she very much hopes he stays at SHS.

Millington, formerly the assistant principal at Belmont High School, has been at the helm at SHS since July 2010.

The successful candidate for the Peabody position is expected to be announced by Feb. 27.

Myron S. Stone February 12, 2013 at 01:55 PM
We are laying off teachers, class sizes to increase, now having two superidentents, this certainly makes NO SENSE. Give the super her walking papers and wave goodbye, give the job to Layne Milington, he is doing a great job and deserves it. Stoneman
Whisky February 12, 2013 at 02:08 PM
But Millington wants to leave, too. Do you think Superintendent of Swampscott will be enough for him? Or just another stepping stone as we have been for most administrators for a while now.
Mary DeChillo February 12, 2013 at 03:46 PM
The NATIONAL average tenure for superintendents to remain in a superintendent job is 3 years. I don't know what it is for principals. Superintendents serve at the pleasure of the School Committee. So depending on how many elected members there are (stated in the governance charter of a town/city--5 or7 members)--that is the number of "bosses" the superintendent has to answer to (the SC's responsibilities as outlined by MA General Laws include 3 things--1) to hire, supervise dismiss the superintendent; 2) to approve educational policies and 3) to hold fiduciary responsibility for the district including the budget. Nothing else. The Superintendent is responsible for hiring personnel, supervising and evaluating administrators, acting as the educational leader for the district, suggesting a yearly budget. Governance of each school is left to each individual principal.The Principal is supervised by the superintendent but the law calls for school-based management. The SC needs to sort out the roles and responsibilities all up and down the line as things unfold. MASC Mike Gilbert can be of utmost assistance in this. The governance structure under the 1993 MA Educational Reform Act is very clear on the roles and responsibilities of all the players--the SC, the superintendent, and principals. Knowing the statutes is one thing, adhering to them is quite another. Reaching across out of role can lead to a lot of confusion and undermine the integrity of the system.
Jason February 12, 2013 at 04:27 PM
I really would prefer to see Millington stay at Swampscott High School. He's done a very good job so far and almost all the teachers I've talked to really like him. That hasn't been the case since Peter Sach was principal there. What are his reasons for wanting to move on anyway? This district has seen too much instability with superintendents and principals. I'd like to see things stay static for a while. I also agree with Myron, he would make an excellent superintendent.
Kevin Donaher February 12, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Why not just promote the assistant superintendant and save a ton of time and money by not hiring any more assistants or interim superintendants and using the money to save the teaching positions and a librarian. The school is only as good as the quality of teachers and not the top heavy administrators. If Millington wants out of Swampscott let him go and get a principal that will honor his word and stay on for the duration as he promised when he took the job. Millingtons job search speaks a thousand words of just the kind of guy he is and will always be....yet here is school commtee members practically begging him to stay in a town he obviosly has no long term desire or commitment to remain.
John February 12, 2013 at 06:11 PM
You could not make this stuff up ... Only in Swampscott !!
Restless February 13, 2013 at 01:08 AM
I would like to know what went on between Mr Millington and the Superintendent that made him feel he has no future here....there is a lot more to this story and there must be a link between Millingtons moves to leave and the SC moving to attempt to get rid of the Super.
Myjanda February 13, 2013 at 02:53 AM
Actually, if you want to know what is really ironic- one of the three semi finalists in Peabody is an asst principal there, and people there are complaining that they never hire from outside, that its always the insider who gets the job and they're dying for new blood, while we're having the opposite problem. My two high school students and I are very happy with Mr. Millington's job. My junior says the kids respect him, which says a lot.
NaemhOisin February 13, 2013 at 11:00 AM
when it comes time to renegotiate contracts and unions and blah blah blah blah, we always hear about how 'it's for the children and what is best for them and their future'-well, we have seen enough in this town to know that is not the truth for many of these people-it really is allll about them and their future - it is a disgrace and a real slap in the face to students that the superintendent and now principal are really only in this for themselves and their advancement-let's keep this in mind in the future, please
The Voice of Reason March 01, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Like Restless, could someone tell us the story behind the story.


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