Superintendent of Marlborough Schools is looking for up to four candidates
MARLBOROUGH — Four finalists remain in the running to become the city’s next superintendent of schools.
The choice to replace Michael Bergeon, who announced in January that he was leaving at the end of this school year, should be made next month.
- Mary Murphy, Deputy Superintendent of Marlborough
- Nan Murphy, Deputy Superintendent of Marblehead
- Woburn Assistant Superintendent Michael Baldassarre
- Timothy Sippel, head of education and school leadership at Worcester
Candidates were presented to the school committee at a meeting on April 12, and a search committee is conducting a series of interviews with the school committee, school staff and administrators, and parents. over the next few weeks. The seven-member school committee will then vote on a candidate for the position.
School committee member Dan Caruso, who is also on the search committee, said the job posting attracted 23 applicants, who were narrowed down to nine and then to the final four.
“We think having 23 candidates was a pretty good number,” Caruso said. “We were a little worried that we wouldn’t have a ton of applicants, but we feel very comfortable with the ones we got.”
Bergeron, who has worked in the district since 2014, including the past three years as superintendent, announced at a January 11 school committee meeting that he would be resigning on June 30 to pursue a career in a games company. of society. Caruso said while the announcement was surprising, the committee wanted to move forward with a plan that would have a new superintendent appointed by the end of the school year.
“We didn’t want an interim superintendent, we know we have a really good thing going on here, we have a good reputation and we’re ahead of the curve in many ways,” he said. . “We want to make sure this happens as seamlessly as possible.”
Mary Murphy has been an assistant superintendent at Marlborough since 2017. She was previously principal of Whitcomb and Jaworek Schools and has worked for Marlborough Public Schools since 2003.
Nan Murphy has served as an assistant superintendent at Marblehead since 2020. She previously worked for the Massachusetts Department of Education and at Lowell Public Schools, including a stint from 2009 to 2017 as an elementary school principal.
Baldassarre is also an assistant superintendent, working at Woburn since 2018. Prior to that, he was director of special education for Everett Public Schools. Baldassarre also has previous experience as a superintendent, serving in the role for the Mahar Regional School District in Orange from 2007 to 2013.
Sippel is Director of Instruction and School Leadership for Worcester Public Schools, a position he started in 2020. He has spent most of his prior career in a variety of teaching and administrative roles in Southern California, including a stint as principal of John Muir High School in Pasadena from 2012-17.
The process of recruiting a qualified superintendent can be very competitive, and Caruso noted that it’s likely that candidates who applied for the Marlborough position also applied for positions in other districts. This competition has put a sense of urgency on finding an official replacement for Bergeron.
“We weren’t that worried about having an interim person in this role because it all gives you more time to look for another candidate, and often it means more time for other districts to hire strong candidates,” Caruso said.