Layne Millington New Marblehead High Principal

Superintendent Greg Maass announced the choice for principal this afternoon.


Marblehead Superintendent of Schools Greg Maass told teachers and staff this afternoon that finalist Layne Millington, the current principal at Swampscott High, will be the new principal at Marblehead High School.

We will have more information about this news later. For now here is a press release from Marblehead schools:

Layne Millington brings seven years of high school leadership experience to Marblehead Public Schools.

Marblehead Public Schools announces, after a comprehensive search and site visit, that Layne Millington has been offered the High School Principalship, effective July 1, 2013.  The new instructional leader is coming from Swampscott where he has been lead principal and has prior high school leadership experience from Belmont. His thoughtful collaborative style and many accomplishments will surely make him a strong asset to Marblehead’s high school.

Superintendent Greg Maass of Marblehead Public Schools is pleased to bring Layne Millington on board.  Millington is a seasoned high functioning Principal who has many accomplishments. He has led the NEASC accreditation process in his last position. His strong financial background from the private sector ensures his strong budget building skills. Layne comes with the knowledge of the new X2/Aspen Student Management System that Marblehead is implementing this spring.  He has also been very successful with building METCO programs in his past school districts.  His colleagues and peers had positive comments to describe him, such as: he is genuine, a decision maker, he truly cares about all students and faculty, he has an open door policy, he never turns anyone away, he is a great listener, he is not afraid to make effective change.  Everything that Layne Millington has to offer will strengthen Marblehead’s high performing high school.

Marblehead’s screening and interview committees are pleased to learn about the selection of Layne Millington for High School Principal and look forward to Marblehead Public Schools continued excellence in serving the students and community of Marblehead.

brian condon February 27, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Looks like another black eye for Swampscott. Assuming this is a lateral move within the same salary parameters, the school committee needs to reassess the apparently hostile environment that motivated this decision. People vote with their feet. Staff retention issues are a huge indicator of top managements failure. Shame shame shame.
highschoolstudent February 27, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I am a junior at Swampscott High and I'm sad to see Millington go. His first year in Swampscott was my freshman year and he's done amazing things for the school. I wish he would just stay to finish out the current junior's (class of 2014) high school career with us. And honestly, its stings just that much more that he's going to Marblehead... It's bad enough that we'll be going into our senior year with yet another new Principal. I would also like to point out that SHS has a serious longevity problem. A prime example: in my three years of high school i have had three different guidance counselors... not sure how they expect me to form relationships with them if have someone new every year.
Kevin Donaher February 27, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Talk about a slap in the face to those that supported Millington.
Myjanda February 28, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Brian, well said. I went to the SHS PTF meeting earlier his week and Mr Millington was pretty candid about feeling the need to leave swampscott due to the climate, but that he was truly sorry to leave. Not understanding exactly what transpired, it is hard to know how things need to change here but it's apparent something does have to change. When a motivated and successful principal, respected by kids, parents and faculty leaves for the school one town over- something is wrong. The problem is that I still don't understand what the actual problem(s) is.... Maybe we need an open town forum bringing people together to figure out how to attract and KEEP talented people - that way all different perspectives and opinions be discussed, positive and negative. Business as usual is no longer working for Swampscott....
Whisky February 28, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I was at the meeting. My OPINION is that while perhaps the school committee was OK with Celli, and allowed her contract to renew, Millington was not ok with her. Something brought things to a point where Millington told the school committee "Her or Me" The school committee tried to move quickly to do what they could to keep Millington, i.e. give him the superintendent gig, but enough folks either did not want him, were angry with the rushed process, or both, and the school committee either A) Listened to the constituents and backed down, or B) Did not have the will to just go ahead and appoint Millington as they wanted to. So now, we search far and wide for a superintendent, and - no one mentioned this at the meeting - now have to search far and wide for a HS principal, too.
pam varone February 28, 2013 at 01:17 AM
I think the town needs to look at the superintentant. I had a conversation with a reliable source and she is the problem. Shame on the town/school for keeping her. So very sad for all the students teachers and parents losing such a fantastic principal. Happy that mr millington he will be able to do his job and enjoy doing that job. Disappointed he is moving next door to mhead
Whisky February 28, 2013 at 02:07 AM
They didn't keep her. They fired her.
WhySwampscott February 28, 2013 at 03:20 AM
Perhaps you are right Whisky, but while she is ''fired", we'll be paying her half her salary, plus another full time superintendent a full salary -- all while having to lay off teachers and school librarians. But at least we'll have her expertise 1/2 time :-) So -- we force the good ones out. we 'half - fire' the bad ones, and claim we can't afford to pay the real workers. Now, we will conduct another exhaustive, intergalactic search for someone who will stick around just two years until we get fed up with him, or he gets fed up with us.
BigBlue4Eva February 28, 2013 at 04:49 PM
You have to hire the superintendent before you hire the principal. We don't need a nationwide search run by an independent boutique consulting firm. Outline the requirements for the position, hire the best one that applies . This should and can be done by May 1st. Tell the new super he/she has 45 days to hire the new principal . Make sure the new principal values the importance of its sports programs( Millington could've cared less about them). The list of applicants will be long and the pool of talent will be deep if they know this won't be a 6-9 month drawn out process. The school committee needs to put this in place yesterday! I'm glad Millington and Celli are leaving. Obviously they don't want to be here so why would we want them to stay? In the three minutes it took me to type this I realized there are qualified candidates right here living in town that are qualified for these positions. Let's go school committee. The ball is in your court. This is your time to shine!
Uncle Leo February 28, 2013 at 06:01 PM
Maybe the right forum for this, but have we had any news on the open varsity baseball coach position?
Myjanda February 28, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Hiring people with talent isn't the issue - keeping them apparently is. I'd like to know why Millington doesn't want to stay here - just dismissing yet another person who can't wait to leave us, BigBlue4Eva, isn't going to fix the problem we obviously have. And not sure why you've stated he didn't care about sports - I didn't see him do anything against sports - and both my kids play them at the high school - but concentrating more on sports is not going to improve our ranking or help get our kids ready for college. Let the athletic dept concentrate on doing whatever they think needs to be done, if anything, on the sports level and let the principal concentrate on the overall education of our students.
Suzanne B February 28, 2013 at 07:45 PM
Hate to say it but Swampscott is a small town and in this particular small town sports are king. I am constantly appalled by the lack respect academic achievement and the arts get in this town. The main reason for the outrage over Millington's drug policy was the threat to the athletes. Ugh! No wonder he left.
Whisky February 28, 2013 at 08:13 PM
He put in place a serious upgrade to instrumental music.
Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown February 28, 2013 at 08:36 PM
@Suzanne. You nailed it. Sports are king here. It's really sad actually.
Judith T. Pressler March 01, 2013 at 12:06 AM
The "Peter "Principle once again. Having spent 28years in Swampscott and keeping a low profile as a guidance counselor, I am not surprised. Millington leaves and he is deified. He has some strengths, but treating people respectfully are not among them. I do hope the "right" person can be found. The children and the parents deserve better. Judith T. Pressler
Myjanda March 01, 2013 at 03:42 AM
First of all - the Peter principle refers to people bringpromoted past their level of competency. Don't know how that applies to Millington. You may not like him but I've not heard anyone yet say he was incompetent. Is that your claim? If so, based on what? Secondly, as the parent of two students at the high school, I've spoken to many students in different grades as well as their parents and pretty uniformly heard people call him respectful and a good principal. You may have have a different experience with him, perhaps, but you definitely do not speak for the majority of parents and students here.
Alex March 01, 2013 at 04:06 AM
Neither do you. Perhaps the people you've spoken to have had high praise for Mr. Millington, but I've heard from several people who feel the exact opposite way. Though I don't understand your affinity for him, you're entitled to your opinion. However, that doesn't mean you can use anecdotal evidence to say that the majority of people support him.
Myjanda March 01, 2013 at 04:36 AM
If you actually read my post you'll see I never said I spoke for the majority of people, Alex nor that the majority of people support him. I think they do personally but not having taken a poll I wouldn't presume to speak on behalf of others. I simply said I had only heard good things from the people I've spoken to which is true. You criticized me for how YOU interpreted my post...
powderpuff79 March 01, 2013 at 12:57 PM
He was a difficult man, who was passionate about what he did. He was a first-time principal who got cozier to certain senior teachers and members of the union than you'd like to see in a manager. He was a pain in the neck for this parent to deal with, having a 'My Way or The Highway' style that made him come off as prima donna of the first water. He couldn't get along with his boss, and forced her out. And then to add insult to injury, he left. And we, my friends are left holding the bag for this School Committee's lack of wisdom.
observer March 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM
I would like to see Millington's drug policy being implemented in Marblehead. It should be fun.
The Voice of Reason March 01, 2013 at 03:39 PM
WOW.. I was just looking at the comments to try to get an idea as to WHY your principal is leaving BiG BLUE for the RED & BLACK. I was also trying to get a read on the lack of indepth reporting on the Patch (as well as the M'head Reporter which both fail to answer for me, WHY is he leaving and is he opting out of a contract that is in place. By the way, This is just one more reason why I didn't even begin to look at a house in Swampscott for me and my family when we moved back to the North Shore from the Bay Area.
Myjanda March 01, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Voice of Reason, from the derisive tone of your email, you'd fit right in here. Or maybe not - like many Marbleheaders, you seem to have no problem looking your nose down on Swampscott, which many of us (educated, with money, and well traveled - if you can believe it) actually chose over Marblehead. Way to go!
Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown March 01, 2013 at 05:09 PM
@voice, Your post is a little odd. By saying "didn't" and "moved" you're indicating that you have already moved, I assume, to Marblehead. So how can something that just happened this week be a reason for something you have already done? That's simply not logical. I'm dissapointed that you feel the reporting by the Patch is not in depth enough for you. I think that Terry Date does a fantastic job and devotes an insane amount of his time to keep the Swampscott Patch going. Enjoy your new principal. Hopefully, Marblehead won't fire him like they did the last guy that wasn't good enough for them.
Uncle Leo March 01, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Voice of Reason, you sound like a real charmer. Its a shame you didn't grace us here in lowly Swampscott with your wit, wisdom and wealth. Maybe you will visit us from time to time here on Patch, with snobby arrogant comments and random capitalized WORDS.
Uncle Leo March 01, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I would also add, the fact that you had to specifically name the "Bay Area" as the place you were moving back from, tells me everything I need to know. You are much better off in name brand Marblehead with all of its self-absorbed cuteness and look at me "I live in MHD!!!" bumper stickers.
Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown March 01, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Thank you Dones1968! I was going to tee off on that "Bay Area" comment myself, but I didn't want my post to get too long. Who cares that he/she moved from the Bay Area? No one. It has no bearing on that illogical point he/she is trying to make other than for them to name drop "Bay Area".
Betsey March 03, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Having Mr. Millington as principal at the high school for three years was the best thing that has happened in this town. Its time to look at the administration and they need to take the blame for this one. I wish Mr. Millington the best in Marblehead. They are lucky to have him.
Whisky March 03, 2013 at 05:15 PM
The administration (superintendent) WAS given the blame and fired.
Ufter Pord Tiff March 13, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Sports can get funding from the teams themselves and with limited funding from the schools. How about some funding into the EDUCATION?


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