HAMILTON-WENHAM — Thirty-three people submitted resumes to become the next superintendent of the Hamilton-Wenham Regional Schools.
The search committee is interviewing the top 11 candidates this week and is expected to recommend finalists to the School Committee in April.
Interview sessions are scheduled for 6 p.m. today, tomorrow and Tuesday in the high school library.
The School Committee hopes to have a new superintendent in place for the start of the 2012-2013 school year. A tentative search time line calls for finalist interviews in late April and a vote to hire a new superintendent in the first week of May.
Earlier this month, the School Committee agreed to hire the New England School Development Council as a consultant for the superintendent search, paying the nonprofit up to $11,500.
The job was advertised in late February with an application deadline of March 16.
Over the winter, the superintendent search committee had been evaluating Peter Gray, the district's interim superintendent, and decided in February not to recommend him for the job.
Gray, who was hired in 2010 as assistant superintendent, stepped into the role of interim superintendent after the abrupt departure of Raleigh Buchanan last spring.
Next year's proposed school budget lists salaries for the new superintendent, as well as two assistant superintendents: Gray and Celeste Bowler, who was hired after Gray stepped into the interim role.
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