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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, February 25, 1998

Lawrence Superintendent Search Committee Named

Malden - Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Robert V. Antonucci and Mayor Patricia Dowling of Lawrence today jointly announced the appointment of a nine-member committee to screen applications for consideration for appointment to the post of Superintendent of Schools in Lawrence.

Four members of the committee were appointed by Dr. Antonucci and five were appointed by the Mayor, acting under terms of an agreement reached between the state and the Lawrence schools on January 27. Under that agreement, the joint search committee will now make recommendations to the Lawrence School Committee and to the Commissioner and Board of Education by April 15. The Committee, Commissioner and state Board of Education will then confer and agree on a candidate for appointment. If a new permanent Superintendent is not appointed by June 30, the Commissioner, after consultation with the Mayor, is authorized under the agreement to appoint an interim Superintendent.

The appointments made by Commissioner Antonucci are:

  • Christine McGrath, superintendent of the Tewksbury Public Schools since 1991;
  • Matt George, former superintendent of schools in Brockton from 1984 to 1994 and a member of the state fact-finding team which made recommendations concerning Lawrence to the Commissioner and State Board of Education in December;
  • Robert Sperber, professor of education at Boston University, executive director of the Boston Higher Education Partnership and former superintendent of schools in Brookline from 1964 to 1982; and
  • Sheila Upchurch, coordinator of project monitoring for the Corporation for Business, Work and Learning and a parent of two children in the Lawrence Public Schools.

The appointments made by Mayor Dowling are:

  • Agnes Bain, professor and chair of the government department at Suffolk University, past board member of the Lawrence YWCA, and a lifelong resident of Lawrence;
  • Jose Balbuena, president of the Lawrence Bilingual Parents Advisory Council who works in the shipment department at Digital Corp and is a father of five children educated in the Lawrence Public Schools;
  • Thomas Caffrey, an attorney in private practice in Lawrence since 1963 and former member of the Lawrence School Committee;
  • Gary Marcoux, head of the science department at Lawrence High School and President of the Lawrence Teachers' Union; and
  • Eddie Sanabria, organizational development specialist in youth development for YouthBuild USA in Boston, President of the Lawrence Planning and Neighborhood Development Corp., and a Lawrence resident since 1975.

Last Updated: February 25, 1998
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