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March 13, 2013

Beverly school chief to retire

Galinski, who asked board for a contract extension last year, says she will likely 'explore other interests and options'

BEVERLY — Schools Superintendent Marie Galinski has announced that she will retire in June, ending speculation about her future in Beverly after she surprised school board members by pursuing another job.

Galinski, 64, said in a statement that she is retiring because, “It is the appropriate time for me to pass the torch to another superintendent, one who will lead the district to the next level.”

“It is likely I will not retire entirely but will explore other interests and options in the education field,” she said.

Galinski is retiring despite having asked the School Committee last year for a contract extension, which the board granted along with a $6,000 raise. The contract would have run through June 2014 if Galinski did not retire. Her salary is $151,000.

School Committee President Maria Decker said she was not surprised by Galinski’s decision, considering that Galinski had applied for the superintendent job in Groton. Galinski was one of three finalists for that position before withdrawing from the process in January.

At the time, Decker said it was “unfortunate” that Galinski was looking for another job so soon after asking for a contract extension.

Asked yesterday if there was tension between the School Committee and the superintendent that may have led to Galinski’s decision to retire, Decker said, “I don’t think so. I really think it was a personal deliberation on her part at this point in her life. She was probably juggling a lot of options. I respect it as a personal decision for her and really wish her well in the next phase of her life.”

Because Galinski’s announcement came so late in the school year, Decker said the School Committee will consider hiring an interim superintendent to allow time to search for a permanent replacement.

Decker said she has been in touch with the National Association of School Committees for guidance on finding interim superintendents.

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