Scarborough school chief up for Massachusetts job

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SCARBOROUGH — Superintendent of Schools George Entwistle III is a finalist for the position of superintendent of Lexington Public Schools in Massachusetts.

The Lexington superintendent search committee announced its three finalists last week. Others are Superintendent Mary Czajkowski of the Barnstable, Massachusetts, Public Schools and Deputy Superintendent Kaine Osburn of Naperville Community Unit School District 203 in Illinois. 

Entwistle has been superintendent in Scarborough since early 2011. A native of Cape Elizabeth, Entwistle has also been superintendent of the Falmouth School Department, assistant superintendent for Maine School Administrative District 28 in Camden, and superintendent of Belmont Public Schools in Massachusetts. 

The Lexington school district is slightly larger than Scarborough’s, comprised of six elementary schools, two middle schools and one high school. Lexington High School was ranked 19th in the country by Newsweek magazine this year for its high graduation rate, high test scores and percentage of students who continued to college.

A representative of the Lexington search committee was not immediately available Monday morning, and Entwistle could not be reached for comment. His administrative assistant said he would not be available until Friday, Dec. 19.

Entwistle is expected to travel to Lexington on Wednesday, Dec. 17, where he will tour the district and participate in an hour-long public reception at 2:30 p.m. at Lexington High School, according to the district’s website.

The Lexington School Committee will then conduct a final, public interview with Entwistle at 7 p.m. Thursday at the district’s Central Office. The committee will gather at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, to vote on which candidate to hire. 

Scarborough School Board Chairwoman Donna Beeley said Entwistle was recruited to apply for the position.

“I know that he’s been recruited for a few places down there; he’s known in Massachusetts because he has been employed down there before, so it doesn’t surprise me,” Beeley said. “He’s a good superintendent and he’s continuously doing an excellent job here in Scarborough, so he’s somebody we would hate to lose, but certainly Lexington is a highly desirable place. Massachusetts is certainly ahead of the game in terms of education.”

To the her knowledge, Beeley said, this is the only job Entwistle is considering. “At this point,” she noted, “he’s still one out of three (candidates).”

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or 

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South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.