GROTON -- After a weeks-long search process, members of the Superintendent Search Screening Committee submitted the names of three finalists to the School Committee for its consideration.
In a statement read to the School Committee at a meeting held Jan. 2, Screening Committee Chairman Leslie Lathrop revealed that 26 applications were received for the job of superintendent, with half of them representing candidates with experience as superintendents or assistant superintendents.
"The Screening Committee reviewed all 26 applications and subsequently selected a number of candidates who were invited to meet with the Screening Committee for a preliminary interview," stated Lathrop. "Following the preliminary interviews, and after much discussion and consideration, the Screening Committee ... voted to recommend three candidates for further consideration by the Groton-Dunstable School Committee."
The three candidates submitted to the School Committee included Ann Bradshaw, Marie Galinski and Maureen Ward.
The school district was forced into the search process when it was learned that former superintendent Joseph Mastrocola planned to leave the position after only two years on the job.
In the meantime, the School Committee chose to hire Anthony Bent as interim superintendent last spring and immediately began to make preparations for hiring a permanent replacement.
The Screening Committee was established with members representing a cross section of the community, including the Boards of Selectmen of both Groton and Dunstable, school administrators and teachers, a parent, a senior citizen, and a student.
Of the three finalists chosen, all currently hold positions as superintendents.
Superintendent in the Mashpee school system since 2005, Bradshaw attended Fitchburg and Bridgewater State Colleges and began her career in education as a teacher in Falmouth public schools.
A resident of East Falmouth, in her capacity as superintendent, Bradshaw concentrated on a number of areas of concern to the Groton-Dunstable School Committee, including integration of technology into curriculum, communication with the public, and budgeting.
A resident of Andover, Galinski currently serves as superintendent in the Beverly public school system. Before that, she was a principal in the Worcester school system and was assistant superintendent in Beverly before being promoted.
A student at Northeastern University and Merrimack College where she earned a degree in English education, Galinski began her career first as a teacher for the Archdiocese of Boston and then principal at St. Joseph's School in Haverhill and Our Lady of the Assumption School in Lynnfield.
Maureen Ward received a degree in education from the University of British Columbia in 1971 before earning a master's degree in administration and curriculum from San Diego University.
Currently superintendent of SAU 18 comprised of the New Hampshire towns of Franklin and Hill, Ward also served as assistant superintendent for SAU 21 till 2010, superintendent of Naco Elementary School in Arizona until 2005, and before that as principal of Col. Johnston Elementary also in Arizona.
Ward began her career in education as a teacher in British Columbia.
With the submission of the finalists, the School Committee is expected to waste little time, with their own interview process beginning this Friday and continuing the following Monday and Tuesday nights.