And though he steered clear of the problems that precipitated his departure, Kerble spoke of the conversation he had with Holaday recently, and characterized the meeting as a gracious one. Though he initially told the mayor he would wait two weeks before announcing his decision to the public, he said he rethought things and saw no reason to delay.
“I spoke first to the mayor Thursday night,” he said. “The mayor and I talked – it was quite gracious and she was quite gracious about my agenda and what I wanted to accomplish.”
Lauding the work ethic of Assistant Superintendent Angela Bik, and his assistant Cathy Manning, Kerble yielded the floor to Vice Chair Cheryl Sweeney.
“I just want to say, not on behalf of the committee, but I’ve been with you since the beginning,” said Sweeney. “I think we’ve worked very well together. I appreciate your integrity. I appreciate your work ethic. And I know you will give us the best you have for the next six months. I myself will promise to give that back to you.”
To her thanks, Sweeney added, “It’s been a moving forward three years.”
Kerble is the fourth superintendent to lead Newburyport public schools in the past decade.