With great anticipation and excitement for the leadership and innovation he will bring to the high school and our district at large, I am proud to announce I have appointed Mr. Patrick Kelley to be the next principal of Triton High School. Mr. Kelley will not begin his role officially until July 1, 2019, but there will be many opportunities between now and then for the students, staff, and community at large to meet Mr. Kelley. He will be present at the School Committee Budget Hearing on February 27th, and look for more information throughout the spring for more opportunities.
Mr. Kelley comes to Triton from his current role as Assistant Principal of Holliston High School, where he has served a similarly-sized high school for the past five years. During that time Patrick demonstrated his leadership in improving the educational experience for all students, and he became a valued and cherished member of their community. Prior to 2014 when he began his tenure in Holliston, Mr. Kelley was a History teacher at both Marblehead and Sharon High Schools. Patrick and his wife are both educators, and they have two young sons. We are very eager to have Patrick join the Viking Nation, and he looks forward to moving to the local area with his family.
My appointment of Mr. Kelley was made following an intensive three round process. The first round included representative panels of parents, faculty/staff, and administrators where each candidate spent a half day on site, interviewing separately with each panel. From those interviews, four semifinalists were moved forward to a second round of interviews with a combined panel of faculty, parents, and administrators. While I had anticipated naming 2 or 3 finalists for a third round, Mr. Kelley emerged as the unanimous favorite of all panel members after the first two rounds. Patrick returned this past Wednesday, February 13th for the full afternoon as the lone finalist to continue the interview process, including a chance to meet with student council representatives and me. The time here on Wednesday very clearly confirmed what I had already believed to be the case, that Patrick Kelley is the right person to lead Triton High School.
As previously mentioned, there will be opportunities to meet Mr. Kelley as we progress through the late winter and spring. If you have any questions about Patrick’s appointment or the process, please do not hesitate to contact me.