As many people have known all year, one of our current assistant principals, Mr. Savarino, was never going to be here past the end of the year. He will be going back to his (hopefully) peaceful retirement, leaving MHS with an open spot for assistant principal. That position has now been filled. As of May 29th, MHS has its second assistant principal, one Mr. Jason Merrill. Mr. Merrill is a Melrose resident and an alumni of MHS, graduating in 1996. He went on to graduate from Bridgewater State Collage in 2000, and earned his Masters Degree in School Administration in 2003. He has worked at Saugus High School for the past 13 years, teaching Wellness, coaching football and track, and was the Director of Wellness and also the Athletic Director. He has worked for five years as the Assistant Principal there, and was acting principal for six months last year as well. Needless to say, he comes well experienced.
Mr. Merrill graduated from Melrose High School himself, and has fond memories of the school. He says that the school itself hasn't changed much since his years here, that the only major difference he noticed was the second floor central hallway being a classroom area now, as opposed to the open space that used to be there. He decided to return to Melrose High for several reasons; he already lives in the city, his two sons will eventually come to MHS, and he believes that Melrose as a school system and as a town is committed to achieving great things. “I believe that this city is always looking for ways to innovate and encourage students, and I want to be part of that,” he says. Seems like Mr. Merrill will be a perfect fit here at Melrose High for years to come.
By Andy Griscom