Published in the January 4, 2018 edition.

WAKEFIELD — More top school administrators are leaving at the end of the academic year.

Wakefield Memorial High School Principal Rich Metropolis has announced his resignation effective June 30.

The following is the statement he released to parents on January 3:

“I am reaching out to inform you all that I am resigning my position as Principal at WMHS effective June 30, 2018 (end of this school year). I have had some amazing experiences as a teacher, department coordinator and principal at the high school, and please know this was not an easy decision to make. As some of you may already know, I am challenged by a difficult daily commute from the South Shore. With roots in Scituate and young family, it has been very hard to find a work-life/home-life balance in this position so far from my home, and that is why I have made the decision to resign.

“Because I want the high school and the district to find the best candidate available to lead the school for the future, I think it is important that I make my announcement now. Dr. Smith, the Superintendent to Schools, will generate and share out a time-line for the search to find the next principal, and may request your involvement on an individual or small group basis for assistance in the process.

“It has been a true privilege having the opportunity to work with your children and to have met so many of you personally. Wakefield is a special place, and I will always treasure my time here as an educator. I am proud to write that the students, faculty and staff at WMHS are committed to striving towards living our Core Values every day, promoting excellence in teaching and learning and the acceptance of all. It has been an honor to lead a school that values working towards growth for all learners in a way that is student centered and caring, and I thank you all for your support over the years.

“Of course, there is plenty of school-year left, and more work to be done. Please know, I am here as the Principal until the end of June, and I will always be committed to the success and growth of all of our students and our school community.

“Sincerely, Rich Metropolis”