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Arlington superintendent search narrows to two

Posted by Brock Parker  March 16, 2010 11:22 AM

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The number of finalists vying to become Arlington’s next superintendent of schools has been cut to two after Gloucester Superintendent Christopher Farmer has taken another job.

On Friday, Farmer accepted the superintendent position with the Triton Regional School District, which covers Newbury, Rowley and Salisbury, Arlington School Committee member Leba Heigham said.

Farmer had been scheduled for a public interview with the School Committee at Arlington High School on Monday, but the session was canceled.

Heigham said she was disappointed that Farmer is out of the running, but the committee will continue with interviews for remaining finalists Eric Ely, superintendent in Schenectady, N.Y., and Kelly Clenchy, superintendent of Regional School Unit No. 26 in Glenburn, Maine.

“I still think we have two fine candidates before us,” Heigham said.

Clenchy will be interviewed during the school board's meeting tonight at 8 p.m. at the high school, and Ely will interview Wednesday at 8 p.m.

Heigham said that after Ely's interview, the committee will meet to decide how to proceed. Members could decide to visit the district of one or both candidates or to continue on with the search.

A new superintendent could be chosen as soon at the committee’s meeting on March 23.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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