SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 19, 2013

Galinski withdraws from superintendent search in Groton

BY PAUL LEIGHTON
STAFF WRITER

---- — BEVERLY — Superintendent Marie Galinski withdrew as a candidate for the superintendent’s job in Groton Thursday night, ending weeks of uncertainty that School Committee President Maria Decker called “unfortunate.”

Galinski, who has been Beverly’s superintendent since 2010, was one of three finalists for superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District.

Her decision to apply for the job surprised the Beverly School Committee, which had given Galinski a one-year contract extension last summer at her request.

In an email yesterday, Galinski said she withdrew from the Groton-Dunstable search process because “I felt that this was not the right fit for me at this time.”

Decker said dozens of administrators, teachers, parents and students from the Beverly public schools spent time last week with members of the Groton-Dunstable search committee who came to Beverly for a day to inquire about Galinski.

“It’s unfortunate given that lots of people made an investment on her behalf that she did not see this process through to completion,” Decker said.

Decker said Galinski will remain superintendent until her contract expires in June 2014.

The School Committee gave Galinski a $6,000 raise in June, increasing her salary to $151,000. The current Groton-Dunstable superintendent, who is serving on an interim basis, makes $157,000. The Groton-Dunstable school district has about 2,000 fewer students than Beverly.

Galinski’s withdrawal left Groton-Dunstable with two candidates, Mashpee Superintendent Ann Bradshaw and Maureen Ward, superintendent of the Franklin/Hill school district in New Hampshire.

The Groton-Dunstable School Committee was scheduled to name a new superintendent last night.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.