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January 4, 2013

Beverly superintendent a finalist in Groton

BEVERLY — Six months after getting a raise and a contract extension, Superintendent Marie Galinski could be leaving for a new job.

Galinski was named one of three finalists for superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District on Wednesday night. She is scheduled to be interviewed by the district’s School Committee on Tuesday.

Beverly School Committee President Maria Decker said she was “surprised” when Galinski informed the School Committee before the holiday break that she was an applicant for the job in Groton.

The School Committee gave Galinski a $6,000 raise last June, boosting her salary to $151,000. Decker said Galinski then asked for a contract extension over the summer, and the committee agreed to a one-year extension to June 2014.

“At the time, she had indicated she was likely going to retire (at the end of the contract),” Decker said. “That was our understanding.”

Galinski said she was considering retiring when her current contract expires in Beverly, but now thinks she might keep working beyond that.

“Now that I’ve made a decision that I’m probably going to work longer, I decided to take a look at other options because I’ve been here quite a number of years,” she said. “Groton-Dunstable is a completely different community. It’s a regional school district and a smaller community, so it offers some different challenges.”

Galinski, who lives in Andover, has been in Beverly since 2004, serving six years as assistant superintendent before being named to the top job in July 2010. She has worked as a school administrator in Worcester, an elementary school principal in Haverhill and in Andover, and a middle school English teacher in Lynnfield. She has a doctorate in administration and supervision from Northeastern University.

Galinski was one of 26 applicants for the Groton-Dunstable superintendent job, according to Groton-Dunstable School Committee member Jim Frey.

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