Published in the January 8, 2018 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Vacancies in top educational spots continue to appear in town. The most recent is at the Greenwood School, where Principal Deb Collura will be retiring at the end of the school year in June.

This announcement comes right on the heels of Wakefield Memorial High Principal Richard Metropolis’ announcement that he is moving on at the end of the academic year as well.

In a release Friday, Supt. of Schools Dr. Kim Smith — also retiring at the end of June — wrote to parents, “This letter is to inform you of several leadership changes forthcoming on July 1, 2018 in the Wakefield Public Schools:

“Wakefield Memorial High School Principal Rich Metropolis has submitted his plans to seek employment closer to his South Shore home and family. Rich completes four years in this leadership role, leaving WMHS academically strong as a Level 1 school listed on the National College Board AP (Advanced Placement) Honor Roll. Rich has been a relentless leader for skills-based instruction, leading teacher teams to build curriculum goals around the application of content knowledge as an essential shift toward career and college readiness in the information-rich digital age. Prior to his role as principal, Rich dedicated a substantial portion of his career as a Social Studies teacher and Department Leader at WMHS, positively impacting the lives and learning of hundreds of students during his tenure.

“Greenwood Principal Deb Collura has submitted her plans to retire at the end of the school year, capping an exemplary 13-year tenure as the leader of this high performing elementary school. Deb has developed a model of excellence for literacy instruction and developed a corps of dedicated and professional educators who will carry forward her substantial legacy. Deb also served as Principal of the Walton School for a period of time, establishing a foundation of excellence that continues today. Deb Collura’s influential participation and commitment as a member of the district leadership team for over a decade has had an enduring impact on the advancement of the Wakefield Public Schools.

“It is with sincere appreciation that I thank them both for this early notice so that we will have the opportunity to seek the very best candidates available to fill their leadership roles. I am confident that we will find skilled instructional leaders who match the vision and core values of the Wakefield Public Schools, with a goal of hiring by March 2018,” Smith concluded.