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25 Apply for Job as Attleboro Schools Chief

The Superintendent Search Committee is expected to reduce the number of candidates this week.

The Attleboro school district received 25 applications from people wanting to be the district's next superintendent, School Committee Chair Mike Tyler told Attleboro Patch Monday. The application deadline was Friday.

"I am very encouraged by the large pool of candidates," Tyler said. "I thank all of those who applied." 

The nine-member Superintendent Search Committee, which is chaired by former Attleboro school administrator Ron Struminski, is expected to select semifinal candidates at its meeting Tuesday. Closed-door interviews with those candidates are expected to take place next Monday.

Tyler said the search committee would present a list of three to five finalists (possibly more) to the school committee later this month. After background checks by a private detective, public interviews of the finalists will take place in mid-March.

The new superintendent is expected to be appointed in April. This person would replace Pia Durkin, whose contract expires at the end of June. She has never formally stated she is retiring or resigning, but she told The Sun Chronicle last fall she did not expect to continue working for the district after her contract expired and she never publically asked the school committee to renew her contract.

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