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Two finalists named for Brookline High School headmaster job

Posted by Brock Parker  January 30, 2012 11:12 AM

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Brookline Superintendent of Schools Bill Lupini has named school administrators from Wellesley and Newton as the two finalists for the headmaster job at Brookline High School.

Jamie Chisum, the principal at Wellesley Middle School and Deborah Holman, the vice principal of Newton North High School, were selected out of a field of 11 candidates for the job.

Lupini said in a statement late last week that Brookline schools are working to schedule visits to Brookline High School by Chisum and Holman, and meetings with staff and parents will be held. The superintendent will also be meeting with each finalist and visiting Wellesley Middle School and Newton North High School.

Longtime Brookline High School Headmaster Robert Weintraub retired from the job last June and John Ritchie, a former superintendent and principal at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, has been serving as the interim headmaster at Brookline High School while as search proceeds for a permanent replacement.

The Brookline High School Headmaster Interview Team met with 11 candidates for the job earlier this month.

Chisum also served as assistant principal at Wellesley High School for five years and taught English at Taconic High School in Pittsfield from 1994 to 1999 before teaching at Wellesley High School from 1999 to 2006, according Lupini’s statement on the finalists.

Holman served as acting principal at Newton North High School in November while the principal was on leave. She has been a social studies teacher at Newton North since 1996 and taught in the social studies department at the International School Bangkok in Thailand from 2006 to 2007. Holman also taught in the humanities department of the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia from 1991 to 1994, according to the superintendent’s office.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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