Headmaster leaving

Elsa Diffo receives her diploma from Headmaster Michael Fiato during Lawrence High School graduation at Veterans' Memorial Stadium last week. Fiato has since announced he will be leaving the district.

LAWRENCE — Lawrence High Headmaster Michael Fiato said he is taking a new job outside the city.

In an email sent to high school staff Tuesday morning, Fiato wrote that he is "taking on a new challenge in my educational career" but that he was "unable to share details as they are being finalized."

Fiato said he wanted to make his decision known before the school emptied out Tuesday afternoon for summer break.

"I am very excited for the opportunity ahead," he wrote in the note to colleagues. "But this is obviously a very difficult note to write."

Fiato is a Lawrence High grad, a former standout city basketball player and 20-year Lawrence principal.

"Everyone here is doing amazing things," he wrote in the email to colleagues. "And it makes this move much easier knowing that you will remain in the hands of a fantastic leadership team."

Fiato said he would share details of his next job when he can, noting that he would "never be too far away to help you all."

Superintendent Cynthia Paris sent a note to high school staff expressing gratitude for Fiato's time in Lawrence schools.

"Mike has strong personal ties and a deep commitment to LHS and this community, which were evident every single day in his work on behalf of students and families," Paris wrote. "He was an intricate part of preparing thousands of Lawrence’s young adults for success after high school and seeing them cross the graduation stage into bright futures. Mike’s legacy can be found everywhere throughout this City, the Merrimack Valley and beyond. It is one to be proud of, and for which we are all in his debt.''

Paris was not immediately available to comment on filling Fiato's position as headmaster.

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