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Wellesley High principal named finalist to lead Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School

Posted by Leslie Anderson  February 16, 2011 04:22 PM

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The principal of Wellesley High School is one of three finalists for the position of superintendent/principal at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School.

The Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School Committee announced the three finalists at its meeting Tuesday night.

They are Scott R. Carpenter, who is serving as the school’s interim superintendent/principal; Andrew W. Keough, principal of Wellesley High School; and Jonathan Landman, assistant superintendent for teaching and learning for the Randolph Public Schools.

In an e-mail earlier Tuesday, Keough informed Wellesley High parents of his selection as a finalist.

‘‘As I mentioned to the staff, this announcement should not be viewed as a negative reflection on my time here in Wellesley, which has been nothing short of outstanding, nor is it a certainty that I will be leaving,’’ Keough wrote. ‘‘I was contacted about the position and felt it was an important chance to advance my career.’’

Keough said he has not applied for a job anywhere else.

‘‘I am drawn to the fact that the position would allow me to remain a principal, with continued teacher/student contact, while still becoming a superintendent.’’

Keough will visit the campus on Monday, Feb. 28; Carpenter, Tuesday, March 1; and Landman, Wednesday, March 2.

Each candidate will spend the day touring the facility, meeting with faculty, staff, administration and students. Parents and community members are invited to attend a session with each candidate during their visit. Each one will be held from 9:50 to 10:50 a.m. in the L-S Conference Room B. There will be an opportunity to provide written feedback at the end of each session. Each day will conclude with a School Committee interview from 7 to 8:15 p.m.

Carpenter, a Sudbury resident, attended Harvard University, Boston University, Lehigh University, and Indiana University Southeast. He has been an educator since 1993.

Keough lives in Sherborn and attended Boston College, Framingham State College, Northeastern University, and Roger Williams College. He has been an educator since 1991.

Landman lives in Newton, and attended Harvard University, Tufts University, and Brandeis University. He has been an educator since 1988.

After the candidate visits are completed, the School Committee will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, to discuss the candidates and the next steps in the process.

The finalists were recommended by the Superintendent/Principal Search Screening Committee. The Screening Committee met on two Saturdays to screen applications and meet with the candidates.

‘‘Please know that no matter how this plays out, I remain committed to the faculty, students, and parents of Wellesley High School and will continue to dedicate myself to moving the school forward as long as I am the principal,’’ Keough said in his letter to parents. ‘‘The long term success of this school is critical to me and will always be something I care deeply about.’’

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