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Newton South principal applies for out of town jobs

Posted December 4, 2008 08:41 AM

Brian Salzer, the principal of Newton South High for 2 1/2 years, has notified parents that he has applied for jobs outside the school district.

Confirming a story broken by boston.com/newton, Salzer sent a note to parents Thursday morning that he is seeking a new job, but has made no firm decisions about leaving.

"I want you to know that I am currently interviewing for positions as Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent in a few districts. Though I enjoy the role of principal at South and find this school exceptional in many ways, I am interested in investigating opportunities to increase my leadership role in a school district,'' Salzer wrote. "The prospect of leadership in challenging times intrigues me to want to look at how I can make a difference in the lives of students and educators in a role of greater responsibility. I want you to know that I have made no firm decisions about my future here or the development of my career elsewhere.''

Salzer became Newton South's principal in July 2006, and sparked a controversy when it was learned he installed five security cameras at the school.

Afternoon update: Superintendent Jeff Young responded to our request for comment.

“I admire Brian’s interest in extending his leadership work,” Young said. “He’s done a lot of very nice things in Newton and I would wish him very well in this particular pursuit. I think he’s really helped to make the high school even more student-centered. He’s very involved with the kids and builds effective relationships with them."

Young said that it is a fairly common career path for a high school principal to advance to a superintendent or assistant superintendent position.

He said the letter Salzer wrote to Newton South parents Thursday morning was “very sincere.”

“I think you heard his real voice and he expressed his affection for the school community as well as his desire to take on new challenges,” Young said.

School officials in Lynn told the Boston Globe this week that Salzer is among eight candidates to fill the superintendent's opening in that north shore community.

The Lynn candidates, including four Lynn educators, would replace School Superintendent Nicholas P. Kostan. Kostan, the superintendent for seven years, is retiring on Dec. 31 after a 38-year career in Lynn schools.

The School Committee will interview the candidates, during three public sessions, scheduled for Dec. 11, 17 and 18. The job was advertised with a salary range of $130,000 to $150,000.

The other candidates are Jaye Warry and Catherine Latham, the current deputy superintendents; Claire Crane, principal of the Robert L. Ford School, and Warren White, principal of Classical High School. Besides Salzer, applicants from outside Lynn are Lore Nielsen, a past superintendent in Ayer; Art Stella, superintendent in Taunton; and Stephen Mills, deputy superintendent in Worcester.

Read a past Globe article about Salzer here. For more news and information about Newton, go to boston.com/newton.

-- Kathy McCabe and Brian Benson

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