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Two finalists announced for Scituate school superintendent

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  April 25, 2012 02:58 PM

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Scituate Public School officials have picked two finalists for the superintendent position and will go through the final selection process in the next two weeks.

William I. Hart and John E. McCarthy are both up for the role, which was vacated by Sue Martin in November of last year.

Jim Kelleher, Scituate’s assistant superintendent, has been acting in the role of superintendent since the post was vacated.

According to resumes sent to the Globe, Hart has worked as a teacher at Andover High School, as assistant principal at American Community School in Greece, as principal at Georges Valley High School in Maine, as principal of Leominster High School, and currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Pentucket Regional Schools in West Newbury.

He has his Bachelor of Arts from Boston College, his Master's of Education from Boston College, and his Education Doctorate from Southeastern University.

He’s also been the recipient of numerous awards, currently serves on the GS 21 Committee for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, and has been published numerous times.

Hart is also up for the superintendent position at the Hamilton-Wenham school district.

The second finalist for the Scituate job, McCarthy, is a Plymouth resident and is superintendent of Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District. In the past, he was principal for Hopkinton High School and Duxbury High School.

McCarthy was also the Head of School for Rice Memorial High School, and a vice principal for Old Rochester Regional Junior High School and Old Rochester Regional High School.

He received bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Providence College, and is working toward a Ph.D. from Lesley University, expected to be acquired next year.

Additionally, McCarthy is a member of the New England Association of School Committees – which was responsible for finding applicants for the Scituate superintendent job.

Both applicants will be visited at their current schools by several Scituate school officials, and the applicants will come to Scituate for interviews with interest groups, as well as a round of public interviews.

“I hear great things about them both,” School Committee Chairman Michael Hayes said.

According to Hayes, the School Committee hopes to pick a final applicant by either May 12 or May 21.

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