Superintendent James Scully and Haverhill High School Principal Bernard Nangle named former Greater Lawrence Technical High School Dean of Discipline Patricia Fleming as Haverhill High's new freshman assistant principal.
Fleming, who had worked with GLTS since 1996, will start her career at HHS on February 21 at a yearly salary of about $72,000 and supervise 512 students. The position is funded through a combination of budget funds and grant money.
Nangle said the search committee selected Fleming not only for her years of experience, but also for her certifications in guidance, social studies and attendance supervision. Nangle added that her involvement in extracurricular activities like the GLTS violence prevention program and numerous sports teams, including basketball and track, helped sway the committee in her direction.
"She comes with a long list of qualifications," Nangle said. "She's a pretty well-rounded person."
Scully said HHS needed a female presence among the assistant principals and added that Fleming would help in establishing connections between female students and the administration.
"You need to be responsible for all student groups," he said. "We know she's very energetic. We think the students will get to like her. She's what we need."
Scully said the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education had previously cited HHS for lacking a ninth grade principal in their "Level 3 Review" report. Going forward, he said, hires will be made based upon district needs and shifting student demographics.
"You need to be responsible for all student groups," he said.
He noted that a number of college and university graduates have taken an interest in the district recently, especially as increasing numbers of Haverhill teachers retire, for entry-level teaching and specialist positions.
For more on this story, check next week's edition of the Haverhill Gazette.