Special Announcement June 20, 2006
Tony Akey Declines Position as New WHS Principal

Westfield Public Schools
Public Information Office
Lorre Korecky (908)789-4463
For release: June 20, 2006


William J. Foley, Superintendent of the Westfield Public Schools, announced today that he will reopen the search for a new principal for Westfield High School. Upon further reflection, the leading candidate for the position, Anthony Akey, decided that he was not willing to relinquish the tenure that he now holds as assistant principal in the Summit Public Schools.

"A newly hired Westfield administrator is not granted tenure automatically, but earns it after three successful years in the position," explained Dr. Foley. "It is unfortunate that Mr. Akey did not accept the terms of the Westfield administrator contract," said Dr. Foley, "but we are confident that we will find the right match for Westfield High School without compromising the standards of our performance review process." Dr. Foley anticipates assigning an interim principal until a new search and selection process is completed.

Special Announcement June 16, 2006
Westfield High School Welcomes Tony Akey as New Principal

Anthony Akey Named New WHS Principal

WESTFIELD -- Westfield Superintendent of Schools William Foley told The Westfield Leader today, June 16, that Anthony Akey has been selected as the next principal at Westfield High School. He replaces Robert Petix who is retiring.

"We have no contract worked out. He is the finalist, and the board of education will be acting on Wednesday," Mr. Foley said.

Mr. Akey has been vice-principal of Summit High School (SHS) since 1988. Prior to that he was a social studies teacher at SHS from 1980-1988.

He has two master's degrees; one in American Studies from Seaton Hall University, the other in educational supervision from Kean University He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

"Mr. Akey has interviewed very well; we are very excited about his arrival," Mr. Foley said.

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