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Marini ends term as superintendent

By Denebola
Published: June 2010

­After returning to the Newton Public Schools as Interim Superintendent, V. James Marini’s time in Newton is coming to an end.

Dr. Marini’s legacy in Newton is considerable; it would be a surprise to meet anyone who lived in Newton any time not knowing him. Marini first taught at the then-Day Junior High School, and before departing the Newton Public School system in 2002, served a long and valued tenure as principal of Newton North. Now, in 2010, Marini has made another bright mark on Newton as the interim superintendent.

Marini was asked to lead the district after former Superintendent Jeff Young resigned to take the job of superintendent in Cambridge.

Marini’s appointment was well received by many in the Newton community. Veteran and younger colleagues alike regard him as a true teacher and natural leader whose experience in Newton made him an especially trusted and effective interim superintendent.

The superintendent was both consistent and reliable during his term. In one of the most changed administrations in recent years, Marini was able to fuse different, new personalities to generate a smooth, flawless school year. Marini’s steady contribution in a time of vulnerability makes him the epitome of the ideal superintendent.

Marini’s contributions throughout his career in the city will make him missed by many in the Newton community.

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