Principal Millington a Finalist for Marblehead High Post

Swampscott High Principal Layne Millington is a finalist for principal jobs at two nearby high schools.


Swampscott High School Principal Layne Millington is one of three finalists for principal positions at both Peabody Veterans Memorial High School and Marblehead High School.

Marblehead Superintendent Greg Maass is expected to announce the new principal on Monday, said Louise Genualdo, director of human resources for Marblehead schools.

The other two finalists are Deb Heaton, Marblehead High's interim principal, and Edward Rozmiarek, Lowell High headmaster.

The Marblehead principal search started in January when a screening committee recommended eight applicants to an interview committee.

The interview committee conducted interviews and narrowed the field to four finalists.

One of them subsequently accepted a position elsewhere.

The Marblehead superintendent interviewed the finalists before February vacation.

 The other two candidates for the Peabody administratve post are:

  • Eric Buckley, assistant principal at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School
  • John Dillon, assistant principal for education services at Minuteman Regional High School

The successful candidate for the Peabody position is expected to be announced to the Peabody community by Feb. 27, though the School Committee will find out first.

Several members of the Swampscott School Committee sought to keep the Swampscott High principal in Swampscott by bringing forth a motion on Tuesday that would have made Millington superintendent in January of 2014.

That motion was later withdrawn after debate between supporters and opponents. Opponents argued that any choice for superintendent should first go through a selection process.

Earlier, we asked the principal for any thoughts he cared to share about his possible move to Peabody.

He said his experience with the students, faculty and parents at Swampscott High has been incredible.  

"Through their work, the school has grown immensely by every measure of achievement in an extraordinary way," he said.  "However, I am looking at my professional options for the sake of my family and to ensure my own professional growth."

Swampscott Superintendent Lynne Celli said earlier that if Principal Millington is successful and gets the Peabody job, she said, the district will seek an administrator to continue the district's progress just as it has at the Middle School and Stanley School where principals left for new jobs last year.

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

A+ Schools February 22, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Please note, Mr. Millington is a finalist for two PRINCIPAL positions. As stated above, Marblehead (slightly larger) and Peabody (much larger). He is NOT a finalist for any Interim Superintendent or Superintendent positions. By this time next week, the district will either need a new SHS Principal, or have a Principal that publically stated he wanted to resign in October with dignity and grace. In either event Mr. Millington, it is time to resign with dignity and grace.
Maureen February 22, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Terry, Is there any way you could require people who post to the blog to use their first and last names? Or could you simply shut down the comments when they get too nasty? It appears that the blog has become less of a place for an exchange of ideas and more of a place to deposit venom lately. It does not serve society, or at least Swampscott, well to encourage anonymous snipers. Thanks for at least considering the proposition. Maureen Thomsen
Whisky February 22, 2013 at 01:01 PM
I think comments are blocked if they get too out of line. But what level of censorship ought to be in place?
Maureen February 22, 2013 at 01:11 PM
I don't think it is too much to ask people to sign their names. Am I naive in thinking that it is a responsible thing to do? I have always believed in open, honest and respectful communication. The respect piece seems to be the quality most at risk in anonymous discussions.
Whisky February 22, 2013 at 01:30 PM
One other way to look at, though, is sometimes if you know the source of the comment, your opinion or reaction may be biased before you even consider its point. For example one could read hear the same story on Fox News or MSNBC yet draw a completely different conclusion because of the source. I'm guilty of it on the Patch comments - though I don't necessarily know who the person is, I see certain pseudonyms and prepare to roll my eyes. But I'll let my own personal BS filter help me form my opinions. (I think it does a good job). I don't need a moderator to do that for me.
I believe that anonymous postings are effective when there is information held in secret.
Terry Date (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 02:13 PM
Hi Maureen. I cannot require first and last names or shut down comments (though we can block them until them have been reviewed). AOL/Patch allows people to set up accounts for comments at its almost 800 Patch sites, and they do not require first and last names. We have a policy for removing comments and I remove them if I think they cross a line whether or not someone uses their full name or not. That line can be gray and I sometimes consult with other editors on whether a comment should be allowed. Please let me know if there is a specific comment that appeared that should have been taken down, or if you see one that looks like it should come down.
Maureen February 22, 2013 at 02:15 PM
I understand your point but I found myself feeling very upset for several individuals and their families when some of the nasty comments were made. As a former member of a school committee, I knew that I would take some hits when I served but I am definitely more thick-skinned than most people. It is amazing to me that anyone would choose to pull papers for a public service position in Swampscott these days. I don't read the blogs daily but I do care about the people working in our schools and I have been horrified by the recent actions and comments of some people in our town. There, that will give the snipers more fodder! In the interest of open, honest and respectful communication, I will now sign off for the day. Time to go to work.
Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown February 22, 2013 at 02:27 PM
So where's your last name?
powderpuff79 February 22, 2013 at 02:59 PM
agreed. no personal attacks is the best way. but when you decide to represent the voters you have to be ready to stand up for the things youve done
Sandie Bock February 22, 2013 at 04:05 PM
WHY is Swampscott a stepping stone to other places and not a place to commit yourself to your work and to the students. Teaching used to be a profession of people committed to teaching and bettering the lives of the students. Now, it seems it is only an avocation and one of bettering oneself and to hell with the kids and the town. Mr. Millington should go and wherever he goes should be ready to be looking for someone else in the next few years as he is there to better himself (not the students first) and then move on. Our educators are teaching our kids that commitment is something of the past, that you get a job, work it to find something else and move one. Schools are not the only place this occurs but they are the place that teaches kids how to deal with the world. Teachers, in my opinion, should be responsible to the kids to be commited. I do have a Masters Degree in Education and am ashamed by those who today call themselves teachers/principals for their lack of commitment to the students and town.
Laura Smith February 22, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I am really sorry to see Mr. Millington looking elsewhere. He made important changes to protect students' well being, beginning with the controversial chemical health policy, which showed dramatic results in its first year of implementation. He is a clear-thinking leader and communicator.
stm2010 February 22, 2013 at 04:46 PM
It is not fair to blame the individual for leaving, blame the culture that is forcing the individuals to leave. It is obvious the environment within the school system is the issue, until we as a community figure out how to fix it, the revolving doors will continue. As with any organization, the tone set from those on top. I believe educators/principals decide to teach/lead a school because they care for the kids, their natural make-up is to be collaborative and team-oriented. You do not leave a team that you trust and enjoy being around. You leave because something is preventing them from doing what come natural to them.
Kevin Donaher February 22, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Many people in town are afraid to speak up in fear of retaliation. I don't have a problem with those not identifying their name if that's what some choose to do especially if it flushes out opininons that show both sides of an issue. I know many townspeople that will tell you one thing privately but will never dare say publically what they think. Dave Whelan was an inspiration for me to say what I believe regardless of what others may think...after all it is just an opinion and as a tax payer I believe everyone has a right to go agaist the grain even if its not the PC thing to do.
William R. DiMento February 22, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Kevin and George Potts are both correct. It is liberating to be in a position not to worry about retaliation but as long as there are people in our community who need to protect themselves and their children from those that ,given the opportunity, would retaliate, they should be allowed to express their opinions in a civil manner and in some cases provide information not otherwise available.Thanks to the Patch we have been able to read the suppressed "Auditors report" and the Termination Agreement.I read the ,dare I say, pathetic auditors report and conclude the SC or whoever commissioned the report to be inept. I still want to know why the SC extended the Supt contract 6 months ago fired her last week. Tell us the truth for a change.
John February 22, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Kevin, Bill and George are all correct. This is a great venue to express our opinions without retaliation to our kids ( I have seen it for over 20 years in this seaside community ). It does and will happen. Maureen move on ... I do not use my last name and in fact, John is not even my first name. Get over it. LOL
Whisky February 22, 2013 at 07:36 PM
My OPINION, Bill - and it is just that - is things were ok when the contract renewed, but when it became clear Millington would leave unless Celli was taken out of his way, and then given her job, the SC did what they could to not have to eat the entirety of the Super's remaining contract.
powderpuff79 February 22, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Mr. DiMento-- you're a smart fellow, I assume you've got this figured out and are just asking for the SC to come clean and state it publicly. For everyone else playing along at home, please use your common sense. If the Superintendent had violated something in her contract, or been charged with something, or found guilty of something, she would've been fired WITH CAUSE or put on a performance plan, or any of the other things you can do in those circumstances. The last thing you do is cut a sweetheart deal, and give away $85,000 unless it's the EMPLOYER who is in the wrong.
Ernie Byers February 22, 2013 at 11:25 PM
So if they put a false first and last name that would make you happy?
Maureen February 24, 2013 at 03:26 PM
I read the first comment by Allen and I figured I'd throw something out there to distract people before they started ripping into a decent human being again. I know all about the blogging rules and the reasons people choose not to sign their names. Sorry for toying with you. I couldn't resist. Maureen (no last name)
A+ Schools February 24, 2013 at 05:31 PM
I actually didn't rip anyone. I was stating facts Maureen. Mr. Millington is a Principal, not a Superintendent. He is seeking other PRINCIPAL positions. He apparently threatened to leave unless the school committee, led by the stanley mother, the middle school nurse and the detective, gave him a promotion to Superintendent, without any community or educators input. That sounds to me like some back-room meetings and dealings, (my and others opinion). And, at the same time the school committee tried to terminate the current superintendent WITHOUT cause. I say again Mr. Millington, good luck in Peabody, Marblehead or wherever you are applying for a new job. One last point, the stanley mother should not be reelected after last week's meeting debacle, as something very strange is apparently happening on the school committee. She needs to be defeated.
Maureen February 26, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Allen, you have the facts backwards. Your mistake was to believe someone who doesn't accept the truth. Jaren Landen has done an excellent job on the school committee and this town is lucky to have someone as invested in academics as she is. If you have a problem with her, perhaps you should speak directly to her instead of launching attacks here. She has her email account posted along with her telephone number in the School Committee section of the district website. It is about time for people in this town to decide to engage in dialogue instead of sniper fire. Allen, I'm finished commenting so go for broke.
John February 26, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Billerica Schools‏@BillericaPS BMHS Finalists and dates for visit: Mr. Thomas Murphy (2/26), Mr. John Dillon III (2/27), Mr. John Smith (2/28), Mr. Layne Millington (3/1) Retweeted by BMHS Athletics Add One More To The List !!!
Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown February 26, 2013 at 09:21 PM
How many interviews is Principal Millington going on now, 4? Maybe he should teach the Swampscott High kids a class on Resume Writing before he goes. With all these interviews lined up, his resume must look pretty impressive.
Whisky February 27, 2013 at 12:11 AM
Myjanda February 27, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Clarence, what does it matter to you how many interviews Mr. Millington has lined up? The fact that so many schools want him seems to confirm that he is a strong candidate with a good reputation. And if someone is actively job searching, it would make sense to apply to several different places, so why do you seem to have a problem with how Mr. Millington is handling his job search? If you have a problem with Mr. Millington, or anyone else, why not just say it, instead of making snide comments?
Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown February 27, 2013 at 05:23 AM
Myjanda, Actually, I'm serious, our graduating seniors could learn something about resumes from him. The man is obviously a great educator, and resume writer if he's in consideration for all these positions. Thanks for the attack anyway. It made my day.


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