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February 27, 2013

Fifteen appointed to superintendent search panel

NEWBURYPORT — Mayor Donna Holaday has named a 15-member search committee to replace Superintendent Marc Kerble, who will be retiring in late spring.

The creation of the committee was discussed at Monday night’s City Council meeting. Councilors voted to permit language that noted that some search committee members are municipal employees and parents with youngsters in the school system.

Members include Cheryl Sweeney, vice chairwoman of the School Committee, who will serve as chairwoman of the search panel; parent Rebecca Brodish, a member and past president of the PTO; former Mayor and School Committee member Mary Anne Clancy, parent; at-large City Councilor Barry Connell, teacher; Joy Cowles, teacher and parent; retired Principal John Elwell, an education consultant; and Boyd Hancock, special education teacher and parent.

Also, Alicia Harshfield, parent, science fair committee member and special needs case manager; Sarah Joor, parent and president of the Newburyport Elementary School PTO; Meghan Kinsey, chairwoman of Port Pride, member of the Bresnahan School Council, teacher and parent; teacher Patricia Levitt, president of the Newburyport Teachers Association; Cathy Manning, executive assistant to the superintendent of schools; former Mayor Lisa Mead, parent and lawyer; School Committee member Audrey McCarthy, parent; and Newburyport High School Principal Michael Parent.

In other business, the City Council put off action on a proposal to buy the city’s streetlights from National Grid and operate the municipal lighting system. An information session on the subject will be held Monday at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Councilors also delayed action on a “mid-year” appropriation that would have increased salaries as required by contract and for certain department heads. Councilors said they want to do more research on comparable salaries in other communities before they finalize increases for department heads, including the harbormaster and veterans affairs manager.

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