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June 24, 2013

Outgoing superintendent Kerble accepts job in Newton

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In addition to thanking his colleagues, Kerble had some advice for them.

He suggested that the School Committee give incoming Superintendent Susan Viccaro time to adjust to her new role by giving her fewer goals to focus on at the beginning.

“They need to let her get her feet wet,” he said. “She needs to be free, without being held to 40 goals.”

He also suggested that the School Committee work to operate by the norms of interaction that the committee set for itself.

“They need to focus on our strengths and support the school department,” he said. “Share negative comments privately. Why air your dirty laundry?”

For their part, School Committee members thanked Kerble for his dedication to the school system.

“He moved the district forward,” said Cheryl Sweeney, vice chair of the School Committee.

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