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April 26, 2013

Ipswich has new school chief

Assistant superintendent for Pentucket district chosen to succeed Korb

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School Committee member Sean Gresh mentioned Hart’s experience as a principal in a small town in Maine and in Leominster.

“He can definitely handle budgets,” Gresh said, also mentioning Hart’s experience with strategic planning.

Committee member Rachel Roesler said Hart has a solid record of success but favored Viccaro because of experience, among other things.

“It is clear he wants to be in a position where he can make his mark,” she said. “I guess my concerns are is if Ipswich is the right place for him or if he is just looking to make a move for himself or for Ipswich.”

Hart was a teacher at Andover High for seven years, according to the search committee. He earned his Ed.D. in school administration from Nova Southeastern University in Florida.

The three finalists were selected after an 11-member search committee reviewed materials from 31 applicants and interviewed nine semifinalists. Each candidate visited the school district and had a public interview before the school vacation.

This week, teams visited each of the finalists’ home districts and gave reports at last night’s meetings.

School Committee members said it was a tough decision because all three candidates are suitable for the post.

Korb, who sat through the whole meeting, congratulated the board on its decision and said he would assist in any way.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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