Nettle’s Corkery Up for Principal Role at Andover’s West Middle School

Dr. Paul Nettle School. (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

Nettle Middle School Principal Timothy Corkery has been named a finalist for a principal position in the Andover Public School system, that district confirms to WHAV.

Andover Public Schools Communications Director Nicole L. Kieser tells WHAV Corkery is vying to succeed retiring West Middle School Principal Rebecca Franks. The other candidate for the position is Tracy Davis Sands, from Kingston Tenn., Kieser said.

Shawsheen Road’s West Middle School prides itself on being an “active” learning environment for 10- to 14-year-olds, with intellectual, physical, social and emotional development a focus of school activities, according to the school website.

Corkery, a retired Navy commander named Nettle principal in 2013, has seen the Boardman Street school through a wealth of behavioral issues in recent months. In March, School Committee members called for Superintendent Margaret Marotta to take immediate action and install a School Resource Officer after parents cited a “leadership problem.”

The school also experienced two “non credible” bomb threats in April, police said.

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