Photo: Dan Richards.
Belmont High School Principal Daniel Richards is one of two finalists to become principal of Newburyport High School, having interviewed with the school’s staff and parents this past Thursday, Jan. 25.
The other finalist is Andrew Wulf, the administrator of teaching and learning in the Salem public schools.
The next principal of the 9-12 school with nearly 800 students will be selected by Newburyport Superintendent Susan Viccaro after reviewing the candidates’ backgrounds and taking input from staff, the search committee and residents. The final decision will be made in the next month who will replace Mike Parent, the current principal, who is retiring at the end of the 2017-2018 school year.
For nearly a decade and a half, Richards career has been centered at Belmont High, spending seven years from 2004 to 2011 as assistant principal for instruction before being named principal at Melrose High School in 2011. Richards made a surprising return to Belmont High in 2012 after then-principal Dr Michael Harvey left to become superintendent of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. He previously worked at Peabody High and Newton South High.
Richards was a National Finalist for Assistant Principal of the Year from the Nation Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) and was the Massachusetts Assistant Principal of the Year.