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Milton's assistant superintendent picked for Belmont job

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  December 20, 2013 03:15 PM

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Milton's assistant superintendent, John Phelan, has been offered the superintendent job in Belmont, and will probably leave for the new job at the end of the school year.

Phelan confirmed Friday that he was a finalist for the Belmont job and had received an offer from the school.

“I did say 'yes' to that offer, pending contract negotiations,” Phelan said in a phone interview. “We have not finalized the position as of yet.”

Phelan estimated that the details will be wrapped up over the next several weeks. He said he will meet with the School Committee in Belmont next week, and from there meet with staff and community members to start the transition process.

A finalist last year in the Medfield superintendent's job, Phelan said he felt the time was right to move to the next step in his career.

“This is my sixth year as assistant superintendent, and ...I felt ready to move on to a superintendent position in a quality district that values public education and its students. And that’s what attracted me to Belmont and to the position,” he said.

Phelan said it was premature to discuss the next steps. However, the Belmont job has a July 1 start, meaning Phelan’s last day in Milton would likely be June 30, he said.

The replacement process in Milton has not yet begun. Phelan said he would be glad to participate in the screening team for his replacement, but would respect if it was done without his input.

“I’d leave that to the decision of the superintendent, and would do whatever she'd like me to do,” he said.

Superintendent Mary Gormley wasn't immediately available for comment.

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