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Interim position assigned to Marini

Posted By Morgan Seiler On September 30, 2009 @ 1:56 am In News | Comments Disabled

In the wake of Jeffrey Young’s resignation this June, the School Committee voted unanimously to appoint James Marini as Young’s temporary replacement. Marini will serve for one year while the board continues to look for a permanent replacement.

Marini believes his role is to establish procedures and practices that will implement the policies consistent with school committee guidelines.

“I was honored to be considered and am pleased to serve, Marini said. “I have great affection for Newton and deep respect for those who live and work here.

School Committee co-chair Claire Sokoloff stated that Marini will not be making any major changes to Young’s policies.

“As superintendent, Marini will be implementing the strategic plan that Young began with the intention of moving Newton forward, Sokoloff said.

After Young announced his resignation last school year, School Committee Chair Marc Loredo formed a search committee.

“The Superintendent Search Committee was decided after notifications were sent out asking anyone who was interested to apply, Loredo said.

Additions to the Search Committee included two principals, custodial union representatives, teachers, community members, and one student from each Newton high school. Ben Chesler is the representative for Newton South.

The Search Committee interviewed several possible candidates, and appointed Marini, a lifetime resident of Newton and a former student of Newton High School (now Newton North).

According to Superintendent Search Committee co-chair Reenie Murphy, the committee looked for someone who was familiar with Newton and had a lot of experience.

“Several candidates were interviewed in the first round, but none of them were the right fit, Murphy said. “Jim Marini’s name came up often from many people all over the city.

Marini began his career as a Day Middle School math teacher for seven years and afterwards became an assistant principal of the school for 8 years.

In 1990, Marini, after serving as the associate principal and principal of Concord Middle School, returned to Newton to serve as principal of Newton North.

Marini also served as the interim superintendent of North Andover and the assistant superintendent of Newton for three years. He retired in 2007 from his position as Superintendent as Winchester Public Schools.

In addition to Young, Deputy Superintendent Brenda Keegan resigned on July 1, and Paul Stein took her position.

According to School Committee member Geoff Epstein, the Superintendent Search Comittee will identify a consultant to assist in the search for a new superintendent.

“These [consulting] firms conduct nation wide searches on a regular basis, Murphy said, They know how to cast the net in a wider way.

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