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April 5, 2013

School chief finalists named in Ipswich


Hart has been the assistant superintendent for the Pentucket Regional School District, which includes Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury, since 2005. He was previously a high school principal in Leominster and Maine and a teacher at Andover High for seven years, according to the search committee.

“As assistant superintendent, he has focused on teaching and the learning process, as well as developing professional learning communities committed to student improvement,” said Sarah Player, co-chairwoman of the search committee.

Last year, Hart was a finalist for Hamilton-Wenham superintendent but was passed over for Michael Harvey, who was then the principal at Belmont High.

Viccaro, who grew up in Essex, has been superintendent of Regional School District 13 for nine years. Before that, she was director of student services, special education coordinator and special needs teachers “for a total of an additional 19 years,” according to the search committee.

“During her tenure at RSD 13, she has implemented a full-day kindergarten with no increase in the district budget; created the Middlesex Transition Academy, an innovative program with Wesleyan University; upgraded the systems technology effort; and completed four building projects,” Hopping said.

This week, Viccaro announced her resignation effective at the end of June, according to multiple news outlets citing a press release from Kerrie Flanagan, chairwoman of the Board of Education. No reasons for her resignation were given.

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

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