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Field Narrowed to One in High School Principal Search

After the announcement that Marlborough High School principal Debra Roy would retire at the end of the school, a search committee began looking for a new administrator.

The administration announced Wednesday that they have narrowed their principal search to a final candidate.

This comes in the wake of current principal Debra Roy's announcement that she would retire at the end of the 2011/12 school year. 

After weeks of resume reviews, interviews, and two public meetings, Superintendent Anthony Pope has named Acton’s Raymond J. Grey Junior High Principal Craig Hardimon as Marlborough’s final candidate for the high school principalship next year.

On Thursday of this week, Pope, members of his Superintendent’s Cabinet, and members of the High School Principal Interview Committee will do a site visit to Hardimon’s school, and on Friday Hardimon will visit Marlborough High School as well as interact with focus groups within the district.

A final decision on his candidacy will follow.

“During my three years as superintendent, Craig has played a leadership role by taking on some of the most difficult issues in the district,” noted Acton-Boxborough Regional School District Superintendent Stephen E. Mills. “In addition to Craig’s impressive professional accomplishments in school leadership, he is also very popular with students, teachers and parents. Despite his popularity, he has not been reticent to make very difficult decisions.”

Hardimon has served in Acton for the past five years with experience in both special needs education and urban education/administration including:

• Principal of the King Philip North Junior High in Norfolk.

• Housemaster at Newton North High School in Newton.

• Assistant program director for McKinley Vocational High School, Boston Public Schools.

• Instructor of U.S. History and Afro-American History grades 9 through 12 for the Upward Bound Program.

• Creation coordinator of The Network, an alternative four-year sequential high school program designed for drop-out prevention and specialized supports for at-risk students.

• Special education teacher in the Amherst and Holyoke Public School District.

Originally from Chicago Ill., Craig received his B.A. from Ripon College, an M.Ed. from Howard University, and an M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

He currently lives in Framingham with his wife and two daughters.

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