Haverhill Schools Approve Consentino Principal and Assistant Trading Jobs Next School Year

Haverhill's Dr. Albert B. Consentino School. (Jay Saulnier file photograph for WHAV News.)

Richard Poor, assistant principal at Haverhill’s Dr. Albert B. Consentino School, is trading places with his boss—likely beginning his new duties July 1.

The school administration said today Poor was offered, and has accepted, the position of interim principal for the next school year. Superintendent Margaret Marotta told the School Committee last Thursday that Principal John Mele wished to step back to an assistant principal in order to spend more time with his family. In a statement, Marotta concurred.

“Assistant Principal Poor and Principal John Mele have been working together as a team for more than three years and together have done tremendous work instituting positive change at the Consentino Middle School,” Marotta said. “I believe that the continuity of this continued partnership will have a positive impact on the growth of the school, and I know John and Rich look forward to their continued work together.”

In the statement, the administration noted “Poor has performed exceptionally in his role for the past three years (and) has fostered solid relationships with students, staff and families. His knowledge of the school and the broader community is invaluable and, during this unprecedented time, will provide stability to the Consentino community.”

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