By Jonathan Phelps
---- — BEVERLY — Annemarie McNulty-Cesa considered retiring from the School Committee after 10 years of service. But with the many transitions in school leadership this year, she decided to run for a sixth term.
“It was a time I could bring experience and continuity,” she said, noting that Mayor Bill Scanlon is not seeking re-election and the district is in the process of hiring a new superintendent. If re-elected, she’ll be the longest-serving sitting committee member.
The biggest issue facing the district is hiring a new superintendent, she said. The new leader should have experience with building projects, with the middle school project ahead, and be in tune with the district-wide technology plans, she said.
“What I bring to that is experience,” McNulty-Cesa said, noting that she was on the search committee when former Superintendent Marie Galinski was hired. “I know what we are looking for, and I will be able to determine who will be a good fit for Beverly.”
McNulty-Cesa said she has served on the city’s special education task force and led an effort to consolidate the city and school maintenance departments. There are further areas of consolidation that would bring better services and reduce costs, she said.
In terms of the middle school building project, she said that there is still a lot of planning and design work to be done. The new school will be built at the site of the former Memorial Middle School, with a September 2017 targeted opening date.
McNulty-Cesa did not share an opinion on the possibility of bringing fifth-grade students out the of elementary schools and into the new building.
“I think there is still more research to be done and conversations to be had with the community to make sure this is the direction Beverly wants to go in,” she said.
|Address: 290 Essex St.|
|Occupation: Literacy tutor, Swampscott Public Schools|
|Education: Bachelor's degree in education, Boston College; master's in education, Boston College|
|Family: Husband, Kenneth; two children, ages 28 and 20|
|Elective offices: 10 years on Beverly School Committee|
|Community involvement: Member, Be Healthy Beverly through YMCA; former PTO president at several Beverly schools|
|Pastime: Reading and spending time with family and friends|