, Salem, MA

November 1, 2013

Beverly High principal a superintendent finalist


---- — BEVERLY — Beverly High School Principal Sean Gallagher is among the four finalists for the Beverly superintendent’s job, school officials announced yesterday.

The other finalists are former Framingham, Watertown and Plymouth superintendent Steven Hiersche; Revere Assistant Superintendent Christopher Malone; and Wellesley High School Principal Andrew Keough.

Malone served as an assistant principal at Beverly High from 2003 to 2005.

The finalists were announced by Interim Superintendent Albert Argenziano, who has been leading the search for a permanent superintendent.

The finalists will be interviewed by the School Committee next month in the high school library according to the following schedule: Nov. 12 with Gallagher at 4 p.m. and Malone at 6:15 p.m.; Nov. 13 with Keough at 4 p.m.; Nov. 14 with Hiersche at 4 p.m. The School Committee picks the superintendent.

Gallagher has been the Beverly High principal since 2008. The Salem native is a former dean of students and athletic director for the Salem Public Schools and was the Salem High football coach. He has master’s degrees in educational organizational management from Endicott College and in special education from Salem State University.

Hiersche is the interim executive director for the ACCEPT Education Collaborative. He has a master’s degree in education from Westfield State College and doctorate in education from the University of Sarasota.

Malone has been the assistant superintendent in Revere since 2011. He was also the principal at the Susan B. Anthony Middle School in Revere and the assistant principal at Beverly High. He has a master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and a certificate of advanced graduate study in educational leadership from Salem State University.

Keogh has been the principal at Wellesley High School since 2007. He was also principal at Medfield High School and assistant principal at Hopkinton High School and Blackstone-Millville Regional High School. He has master’s degrees in public school administration and special needs education from Framingham State College and a doctorate in educational leadership from Boston College.

Hiersche and Keough were two of the three finalists for the superintendent’s job in Hopkinton earlier this year. Hiersche was the interim superintendent in Hopkinton.

The advertisement for the Beverly superintendent’s job said candidates must have a minimum of a master’s degree, but a doctorate is preferred.

Thirty-two candidates applied for the job, and 16 were interviewed by Argenziano. Argenziano selected nine semifinalists who were interviewed by a superintendent search committee this week. The search committee selected the four finalists.

The nine-member search committee included Mayor Bill Scanlon and School Committee members Paul Manzo and Maria Decker, as well as parents, teachers, administrators and members of the general public.

After the public interviews of the candidates in November, School Committee members will conduct site visits of the finalists. The superintendent is expected to be chosen in early December and to start work in January.

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or