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June 3, 2014

Beverly superintendent filling key positions

BEVERLY — A new team of administrators is taking shape under school Superintendent Steven Hiersche.

Hiersche, who was named superintendent in November and started full time in April, has appointed three new people to leadership positions and is looking to fill another vacancy soon.

“I think the team’s coming together well,” he said.

On Friday, Hiersche announced the appointments of Ayers Ryal Side Elementary School Principal Suzanne Charochak as the new assistant superintendent and Gabrielle Montevecchi as principal of Hannah Elementary School.

In March, Hiersche appointed Julie Smith, an assistant elementary school principal in Winchester, as the new principal at Centerville Elementary School. He is also looking for a replacement for Charochak as head of Ayers Ryal Side.

With so many new faces, Hiersche said he is planning to hold a retreat in July “to prepare for the next several years.”

“We’re pretty excited,” he said.

The appointment of Charochak as assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction fills the district’s No. 2 administrative post, which has been vacant since the retirement of Maryellen Duffy last June.

Charochak has been the principal at Ayers Ryal Side School since 2004. During that time, the school went from “school in need of improvement” status to Level 1, the only Beverly school currently holding that ranking.

Charochak has also worked in Beverly as a special education teacher and administrator. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Regis College and master’s degrees in moderate special needs and educational leadership from Salem State College.

Hiersche said there were more than 40 applicants for the assistant superintendent position, but only internal candidates were considered because those candidates were “very strong.”

“Sue came forward through the process due to her passion for curriculum and instruction, her success at Ayers and for her elementary background,” he said. “It’s really one of the key positions from the standpoint of evaluation, supervision, mentoring of new principals and creating a mentoring program for teachers.”

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