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Principal field narrows

School officials are expected to decide this week which of five candidates will succeed Brooks Elementary School principal Michael Simon and Columbus Elementary School principal Joan Yaeger, who have announced plans to retire this summer. The five finalists for the two positions were whittled down from a field of 30 applicants. The candidates are Kevin Andrews, principal of the Horace Mann Laboratory School in Salem; Mary Ellen Carideo, assistant principal at the Eugene Wright Science and Technology Academy in Chelsea; Kathleen Kay, principal of Brookside Elementary School in Milford; Julie Smith, former assistant principal of the Lowell Community Charter School; and Scott Williams, principal of Cleveland Elementary School in Norwood.

- Brenda J. Buote