Tim Herbert chosen as next principal of Concord High

  • Tim Herbert answers community questions at a meet-the-finalists night for the Concord High School principal position Nov. 1, 2022. Eileen O'Grady

  • Concord High School junior Katie Levesque talk with assistant principals, Jim Corkum (center) and Tim Herbert near one of the boxes that students can drop off anonymous tips for reporting concerns at the school on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER

Monitor staff
Published: 12/7/2022 9:24:39 AM

The Concord School Board approved the nomination of Tim Herbert as the next principal of Concord High School during a meeting Monday night.

Herbert, who has been an assistant principal at Concord High School since 2019, will begin his new role in July. At Concord High, Herbert is an advisor for the Racial Equity Club, a hockey coach and was previously the bass fishing coach. Herbert has also done extensive research on restorative justice methods of discipline as an alternative to exclusionary discipline practices, like suspensions and expulsions, and as a method for resolving conflicts, and is leading Concord High School’s efforts to implement those methods.

Superintendent Kathleen Murphy said Herbert’s vision for the future of Concord High School made him stand out as a candidate.

“I think that Tim has demonstrated us, to the people that he interviewed with, to the folks that filled out the survey and gave us feedback that he is the right candidate for this position,” Murphy said. “You’re hearing a lot of ideas, activities, initiatives, as they move forward with the high school and the programs and the support that we have for students. I can think of no one better than to have Dr. Herbert fill those shoes.”

Herbert will be replacing current principal Michael Reardon, who is retiring at the end of June. Herbert will step into the new principal position with a salary of $157,620.

A principal search committee, comprised of the superintendent, teachers, administrators, students and a school board member, conducted a first round of interviews in October, and selected three finalists, who all presented at a community forum in November. The committee selected Herbert from among the finalists.

On Monday, the Concord School Board voted 6-0 to approve the superintendent’s nomination of Herbert. School board member David Parker abstained from voting, while members Barb Higgins and Kate West were absent.

Herbert started his career in 2007 as a special education team leader and teacher at Pembroke Academy, then became assistant principal at the school from 2012 to 2019. He graduated from Plymouth State University with a bachelors in social science education, then obtained a master’s degree in special education from the University of Phoenix, and another in principal and special education administration from Rivier University and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study degree in educational leadership from Plymouth State. He has a doctorate in restorative justice education from Plymouth State.

Eileen O

Eileen O'Grady is a Report for America corps member covering education for the Concord Monitor since spring 2020. O’Grady is the former managing editor of Scope magazine at Northeastern University in Boston, where she reported on social justice issues, community activism, local politics and the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a native Vermonter and worked as a reporter covering local politics for the Shelburne News and the Citizen. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, U.S. News & World Report, The Bay State Banner, and VTDigger. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in politics and French from Mount Holyoke College, where she served as news editor for the Mount Holyoke News from 2017-2018.

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