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DeFalco to leave Wells

Southbridge principal headed for school in Somerville

Jason DeFalco. (click for larger version)
April 18, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — After four years at the helm of Mary E. Wells Junior High School, Principal Jason DeFalco is departing the district for the streets of Somerville.

To DeFalco, it's a return to his roots. He said he started in an urban setting (Boston) and "I really want to get back to that diversity." The new school, Arthur Healey Elementary, also includes the elementary grades he cut his teeth on before coming to Wells.

"It sounds and seems very much" like Wells when he started, DeFalco said of the new school. "I'm looking forward to being able to take my elementary experience and blend it with my middle school experience."

He emphasizes his experience here has been positive. In leaving, he admits he's "somewhat torn" because he has "really sunk my heart and soul into this place" and is "very, very proud of the faculty here."

"Wells has come a really long way," he said. "It's not so much because of me, but more so because of the teacher leadership that's developed here."

To departing Superintendent Dale Hanley, DeFalco "has really provided outstanding leadership," so "we're going to miss him." She praised him for his instructional leadership, willingness to work with the teachers, and effort to eliminate the "major issues with discipline and attendance" that existing when he started.

For more on this story, please see Monday's Southbridge Evening News.

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