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Smith picked to head school; Westboro High gets principal.

Byline: Kevin Keenan

WESTBORO - School Superintendent Noun 1. school superintendent - the superintendent of a school system
overseer, superintendent - a person who directs and manages an organization
 Anne L. Towle announced yesterday that John G. Smith was named the new principal of Westboro High School.

Ms. Towle informed school officials yesterday that she offered the job to Mr. Smith, who accepted, said Craig Harris Craig Harris may refer to:
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, School Committee chairman. Mr. Smith is currently the principal at Nashoba Regional High School Nashoba Regional High School (NRHS) is a high school (grades 9-12) that is part of the Nashoba Regional School District. It is located in Bolton, Massachusetts and also serves the towns of Lancaster and Stow. As of 2006, it has some 900 students. The school principal is Mr. , and will begin his new job July 1.

A search committee received 20 applications for the job, and narrowed the list down to a pair of finalists for consideration. The committee aided with interviews and the search process, but the appointment was made by Ms. Towle, Mr. Harris said.

Mr. Smith, of Shrewsbury, will replace John R. Pierce, who announced his retirement in December. He plans to retire at the end of the current school year, after having served as the district's high school principal for seven years. He was appointed by former Superintendent Stephen P. Dlott.

The other finalist for the job was Michael T. Cournoyer, assistant principal at Hopkinton High School.

Mr. Smith was named the principal at Nashoba in 2003. Nashoba is a regional school district and draws students from Bolton, Lancaster, and Stow Stow (stō), city (1990 pop. 27,702), Summit co., NE Ohio, a suburb of Akron; settled 1802, inc. as a city 1960. Chiefly residential, it has some light industry. . He was the assistant principal at Nashoba for four years before being named principal there.

Nashoba Valley has about 890 students in Grades 9-12, according to according to
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 the state Department of Education. About 75 percent of its high school seniors enroll in a four-year college after graduation Graduation is the action of receiving or conferring an academic degree or the associated ceremony. The date of event is often called degree day. The event itself is also called commencement, convocation or invocation. . About 1.5 percent of Nashoba's students speak English as a second language.

Westboro High School has a student population of about 1,070 students, of which 5 percent speak English as a second language. About 87 percent of its high school seniors enroll in a four-year college after graduation, according to the Department of Education.

In a note to teachers and parents, Ms. Towle expressed her appreciation to Mr. Pierce for his service to the district as principal.

"His leadership has guided the high school through a major building renovation, a NEASC NEASC New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (Bedford, Massachusetts)  accreditation accreditation,
n a process of formal recognition of a school or institution attesting to the required ability and performance in an area of education, training, or practice.
, and the development of a standards-based curricula. John's skills in hiring and supervising teachers are outstanding. John has hired many excellent new staff members. I predict this will be his lasting legacy that will continue for many years," Ms. Towle wrote in the letter.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Date:Feb 1, 2007
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