NEWBURYPORT – From a candidate pool of 18 applicants, four hopefuls have emerged as finalists in the search for a superintendent to replace Dr. Marc Kerble when he retires this summer.
They hail from districts as far south as Mashpee, and as far west as the state of Connecticut, and all four currently serve as superintendent in their respective districts. Mayor Donna Holaday said she hopes that fact will help create a smooth transition for the new school chief, in what she says is a time of great change in the district.
With two multi-million school building projects now officially underway, Holaday is hoping one of the four will prove the ideal match for Newburyport and can be fully ensconced in the central office by the time the school year gets underway in September.
“It’s very exciting,” said Holaday yesterday, a day after the finalists were announced to the School Committee. “We were concerned we were starting a little late and as a result we might end up putting in an interim. But, at this point, it looks like we have four good candidates.”
The finalists include: Ann Bradshaw, who has served for the past 8 years as superintendent of Mashpee schools and spent many years of employment with Falmouth as a teacher, curriculum director and assistant superintendent, according to her hometown paper; Jean Briggs-Badger, superintendent for the town of Dover, N.H. for the past three years, and for more than 20 years prior as curriculum director and administrator of federal projects in that town.
Also Lynne Celli, of Swampscott, where she’s served as that district’s chief administrator for the past 3 years, and as a half-time executive superintendent of special projects this year in anticipation of an upcoming transition.
The final candidate is Susan Vicarro, Superintendent of Regional School District 13 in Connecticut for the past nine years, and a native of Essex who has experience working as a director of student services, a special education coordinator and a special needs teacher.