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Friday, January 26, 2007

Medfield High principal to head Wellesley High

MEDFIELD/WELLESLEY

A principal's gamble pays off: After declining an offer to become principal of Franklin High School earlier this week, Medfield High School Principal Andrew Keough sent an e-mail to parents today to announce that he has accepted the position of principal at Wellesley High School.

Keough, 44, a Sherborn resident, said in his letter that it was a difficult decision to leave Medfield. He said moving to Wellesley would ensure long-term security for him and his family. His contract with Medfield is set to expire June 30.

In a telephone interview, Keough said Wellesley offers new challenges after his four years in Medfield.

Citing Wellesley High School's bigger school population, wider variety of courses, and upcoming accreditation process, he said he's not one to stay in one school system for decades. "I perform better when faced with big challenges," he said. "I prefer to continue to challenge myself."

-- Alison O'Leary Murray

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