HAVERHILL — The faces of school leaders across the city are changing.
Superintendent James Scully said yesterday that Tilton Elementary School leader Mary Beth Maranto is the latest principal to notify Haverhill she is leaving at the end of the school year. She has accepted a principal job at a public school in Melrose, Scully said.
Maranto’s decision comes after two other principals also decided to leave Haverhill after this school year. Nettle Middle School Principal Michael Rossi and Bradford Elementary School Principal Wendy Stanley previously resigned their positions.
Scully said he has already filled two of the three openings and is moving to fill the third one, as well as the permanent high school principal job. Beth Kitsos has been leading the high school on an interim bases since Bernard Nangle retired last year.
Maureen Gray, who leads the district’s early childhood program based at Moody School, is moving to take over the principal’s job at Tilton, the superintendent said.
Scully previously said a new central office position in charge of improving student performance at struggling city schools will focus on Tilton.
“Maureen’s strong background in early childhood education, including literacy best practices and assessments of program effectiveness, will be asset (at Tilton),” Scully said of Gray.
Two men have been moved into vacant principal positions.
Timothy Corkery, assistant principal at Nettle and a retired Navy officer, has been bumped up to replace Rossi as principal at Nettle. Scully said he promoted Brain Gill, currently the assistant principal of Greenleaf Elementary, to become principal of Whittier Middle School.
Current Whittier Principal Toni Donais is being transferred to a new position overseeing Greenleaf and Walnut Square elementary schools, kindergarten programs at Bartlett and Crowell schools, and a preschool program at Moody School. Donais will rotate among the various buildings and oversee about 800 students, Scully said.
The superintendent also said he is beginning the process of narrowing the pool of candidates to replace Stanley at Bradford Elementary and for the permanent high school principal.
He said the district’s new assistant superintendent, Julie Kukenberger, will be leading the review of high school principal candidates. Scully said input from high school students and parents will play a major role in finding the next principal of Haverhill High.
All the moves are in preparation for the next school year.