With the sudden departure of North Quincy High School Principal Earl Metzler, who took a job in late summer as superintendent of New Hampshire school district, Quincy officials are starting to look for a permanent successor.
School administrators were left scrambling after Metzler received notification during the last week of August that he had received the Timberlane and Hampstead School District superintendent job. By the start of the new school year, Metzler was gone from Quincy and in place at his new job.
According to administrators, there is an “understanding that he loves North Quincy High and wanted to leave in a way that wasn’t a late-August situation. He would have preferred the timeline to be quite different,” said Quincy Superintendent Richard DeCristofaro in a phone interview.
Although the timeline was unexpected, DeCristofaro knew that Metzler had had an interest in being promoted to upper administration for some time. Once the principal received his doctorate this past year, opportunities began appearing.
“He’s had a real interest in that area, and this opening came up. He applied, and for him and his family, it’s a real good thing,” DeCristofaro said.
Since the departure, Robert Shaw has served as acting principal. Shaw, a graduate of North Quincy High, was previously head of the English department at the school.
According to DeCristofaro, the search for a principal has already begun, with the job opening posted on SchoolSpring.com. Word has also been spread throughout the school system.
“There will be a formal interview process probably within three weeks to a month and an announcement on a principal,” DeCristofaro said.
Although the school district is moving on, DeCristofaro said Metzler will be much missed.
A principal at North Quincy High for over five years, Metzler was the principal at Sterling Middle School for a decade prior.
“He had a tremendous impact,” DeCristofaro said. “What he did was make sure he was involved in just about everything he possibly could for the students. He knew so many of them personally, made sure the parents knew who he was, what he could do for students, when they had issues academically or socially, he was involved in what happened in the schoolhouse and in the community. He was available above and beyond … he lived in the city and offered parents so much access to him as an educator and as a person.”