Committee Will Announce Schools Superintendent Finalists Tonight
Public interviews are expected to take place next month.
The names of the people in the running to be Attleboro's next schools chief will be revealed at tonight's school committee meeting, Committee Chair Mike Tyler said. The Superintendent Search Committee members will make the announcement.
Public interviews of the finalists and site visits will take place next month. The new superintendent is expected to be appointed in April, and the person will officially begin work July 1.
Superintendent Pia Durkin is leaving after the end of the school year, her seventh in Attleboro. She never formally announced her resignation, but she also never publically requested a contract extension.
Durkin is one of three finalists for the superintendent job in New Bedford. The city's daily newspaper, The Standard-Times, published an extensive profile about Durkin Sunday with the headline "Attleboro Leader Has Staunch Supporters—and Vigorous Critics."
"I'm a change agent and a reformer," said Durkin, according to the article. "Seven years ago Attleboro had very mediocre test scores. We were able to catch it right at the right time."
The story also includes comments from School Committee members Ken Parent, David Murphy and Fran Zito. Some school committee members refused to comment for the story, according to the newspaper. Tyler was among those who refused, the newspaper reported.
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