By John Collins
TYNGSBORO — It’ll be a homecoming on July 1 for Mike Flanagan, the newly hired principal of Tyngsboro Junior-Senior High School.
Superintendent of Schools Darrell Lockwood announced that Flanagan, a Tyngsboro resident and former assistant principal of Tyngsboro Junior-Senior High School, accepted an offer to fill the principal’s job being vacated by Don Ciampa, who the School Committee picked to succeed Lockwood when he departs June 30 to become Masconomet’s superintendent.
Since July 2008, Flanagan has been principal of North Middlesex Regional High School in Townsend.
Flanagan is a 16-year veteran, a former social-studies teacher, class adviser, head lacrosse coach and assistant football coach. He has a master’s degree in secondary education from Fitchburg State College and a bachelor’s in political science from the College of the Holy Cross.
During his time as a Tyngsboro assistant principal, Flanagan was credited with implementing a modified block schedule, restructuring the high school into a “two-house” model, and increasing advanced placement opportunities.
“Michael plans to be in the (Tyngsboro school) buildings over the next few weeks to see our operation in action,” wrote Lockwood in his weekly newsletter.
Flanagan was chosen by a search committee comprised of parents, a School Committee member, and staff — including himself and Don Ciampa, Lockwood noted.
Lockwood also announced the hiring of Scott Middlemiss as the new assistant principal of Tyngsboro Elementary School. Middlemiss is now a third-grade teacher in the Groton/Dunstable school district. Middlemiss pledged that “over the next few weeks to spend some time during the day at TES to see the school during session,” wrote Lockwood.
Meanwhile, the school district’s search for a new administrator of special education was narrowed to two finalists, Lockwood informed: Brad Brooks, currently a program director at MEC, and Kerry Cavanaugh, currently a special education facilitator at TES.
Ciampa and Lockwood planned to interview each finalist before making a recommendation on which to hire to the School Committee at the June 1 meeting.