JMW Principal Haidemenos awaits decision on Framingham post

JMW Principal Haidemenos awaits decision on Framingham post

PAWTUCKET - John Haidemenos, the principal of the Jacqueline M. Walsh School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Jenks Junior High School in Pawtucket, expects to hear back sometime this week whether he'll be the new principal at Wilson Elementary School in Framingham, Mass.

Haidemenos and John Maynard, the current assistant principal at Wilson School, are the two finalists seeking to take over the position being vacated by Wilson Principal Robin Welch, who is retiring this year.

The Jackie Walsh School, a public arts college preparatory high school, was first established in 2005 as the brainchild of former Supt. Hans Dellith. Haidemenos has attributed the school's success to such factors as the high academic achievement of students and the excellence of the courses offered there. Next year the school will reach its capacity of 225 students.

In the May 2012 issue of U.S. News and World Report, JMW was awarded a bronze medal as a "Best Nationally Recognized High School." There were more than 22,800 schools in the report and only about 4,600 received either a gold, silver, or bronze medal. The school was one of only 15 chosen in Rhode Island.

Haidemenos, who took over at Jackie Walsh back in 2008, told The Breeze he's not sure where he'll spend his future if he doesn't get the Wilson School job. He declined to discuss the reasons for his wanting to leave Pawtucket.

He does have more than 30 years of work in education, said Haidemenos, but he said his wife won't let him sit at home if he does decide to retire.

If Haidemenos ends up leaving, that will mean that Pawtucket's three public high schools will all have new principals within a two-year span. Last year, Don Miller was hired to replace Chris Lord at Shea High School, and Chris Savastano was hired to replace Fred Silva at Tolman High.