Superintendent applications for Yarmouth schools due Friday

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YARMOUTH — A search committee will receive the final applications Friday in its search for a new school superintendent to replace Judy Paolucci, who resigned in December.

The committee, made up of 13 teachers, administrators, parents and other community members, will hold its first meeting on Thursday with the recruiting firm, Future Management Systems, which the School Committee hired last month to assist in recruiting a new superintendent.  

Following the Friday deadline, the search committee will review the applications and narrow the field down to six to eight candidates, who will be interviewed in early April.

The search committee will then select three or four finalists, who will be interviewed by the School Committee. Site visits also will be conducted.

Chairwoman Abby Diggins said the School Committee’s goal is to have a finalist considered by May 9 and have a new superintendent begin July 1.

Diggins said the committee has used surveys, public forums and focus groups to help guide decisions up to this point.

“Can’t believe we’ve already been as far as we have,” she said. “It’s been going really smoothly.”

The search began last month following Paolucci’s resignation Dec. 21 to head the Leicester, Mass., school department. Her last work day in Yarmouth was Jan. 25. 

Ron Barker, a former superintendent and Yarmouth school administrator, is heading the department on an interim basis through the end of June.

Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.