A high school principal in the Bronx, a middle school principal in Ipswich, and a former principal in Maine have been named finalists in the search for the next principal of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School.

The superintendent hopes to name a new principal in early February, assistant superintendent Richard Smith said in a press statement, following high school visits from each of the three finalists.

The final candidates emerged after eight semi-finalists were interviewed over the last month. They are Sara Dingledy, the principal of Westchester Square Academy in the Bronx and former assistant head master of the Brooklyn Latin School; David Fabrizio, the principal of Ipswich Middle School in Ipswich and former assistant principal at North Andover Middle School; and David Williams, former principal of York Middle School in York, Maine and former assistant principal at Newmarket High School in Newmarket, N.H.

Mr. Smith said in a press release that the candidates were seen as exciting choices to lead the high school, which has gone through a period of turnover in the principal’s office. Former principal Gil Traverso resigned his post in early August after less than a year on the job. This year, former longtime high school principal Margaret (Peg) Regan has been serving as interim principal.

A search committee consisting of school committee members, school staff, parents, and other Island stakeholders and community members narrowed the search down to the three finalists after an application period began in September. Twenty applications were reviewed.

The three finalists will now visit the high school and meet with staff, students, parents and community members. Mr. Fabrizio will visit on Wednesday, Jan. 13, Mr. Williams on Thursday, Jan. 14, and Ms. Dingledy will be at the school on Friday, Jan. 15.

With feedback from the school and community, superintendent Matthew D’Andrea will narrow down the number of finalists, Mr. Smith said, and then Mr. D’Andrea and others will visit those candidates’ current or former schools before making a final choice.

Mr. Smith said details about the visits and community feedback will be available later, and the search committee’s interviews with the finalists will be airing on MVTV’s public access channel 15 over the next three weeks.