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Three New Principals on Board in Salem Schools

Salem public schools have three new school principals on board.

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Salem public schools

Three new principals have taken the helm at schools in Salem, according to an announcement from Dr. Stephen Russell, Superintendent of  the Salem Public Schools.

At Collins Middle School, Glenn Burns is the new principal, taking over after the retirement of long-time Principal Mary Manning in June.

Burns will start in early August.

He earned a Master’s Degree in Administration from Providence College and his undergraduate degree from Bridgewater State University.

During the past 10 years he has worked in the Fall River Public Schools as a middle school teacher and school redesign coach. Most recently, he was the Vice Principal for Curriculum and Instruction at Talbot Middle School.

“His direct experience working in an urban school setting and his work in extended learning time schools will complement many of the school improvement efforts already underway at the Collins Middle School,” Russell said in his announcement.

Burns will be moving to the North Shore.

Thomas Milaschewski began as the new principal at Bates School on July 1.

Milaschewski takes over for retiring principal Thomas LaValley.

Milaschewski recently received a Master’s Degree in School Leadership from Harvard University.

This past spring he served as Interim Assistant Principal at Bates School. Milaschewski is fluent in Spanish and a 2014 winner of the Sontag Prize in Urban Education, according to Russell.

He lives in Beverly with his wife and children.

William Shevory is the new Principal at Nathaniel Bowditch School.

He started on July 1, after serving as Interim Principal at the Bowditch School since January.

Before that, he was a Housemaster at Salem High School for six years.

He attended University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Salem State University and earned a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management from Endicott College in 2007.

He lives in Marblehead with his wife and children.

Russell said the principal search process began in January when a district-based principal screening committee made up of parents, teachers, School Committee members and administrators, working with the Collins Center of UMass-Boston.

The work included reviewing more than 100 letters of interest and resumes.

Several rounds of interviews were conducted and the positions were reposted, Russell said in the announcement.
After that, several candidates were recommended for further consideration.

Russell said he worked with the Collins Center and several other professional recruiting consultants, Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and school district office staff to continue the process.

“I want to extend my sincere thanks to everyone involved who contributed to these appointments and to our parents, staff and students for their patience,” Russell said. “I believe that we have a strong group of individuals, well-suited to help lead our schools forward.”


john July 14, 2014 at 02:29 PM
I would love to know what we will be paying these new principals compared to the ones they are replacing. I also can't help but be reminded how troubled our mayor was when our previous school superintendent left, only to find out after the fact that our schools were failing miserably. The arrival of Mr. Russell seems to have had little impact moving forward. Are we, as a city, really trying to move our schools forward or are we (mayor) trying to unload the entire mess on the state and eventually out side agencies?

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