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Superintendent search down to 3; Marlboro educator among finalists.

Byline: Donna Boynton

NORTHBRIDGE - A Marlboro public schools administrator is among the three final candidates for the superintendent's post, and the School Committee could select a new superintendent as early as Feb. 4.

Susan M. Gorky of Webster, Susan T. Cote of Bridgewater and Kelly Clenchy of Orono, Maine, are the finalists announced last night by the Superintendent Search Committee.

The three finalists were culled from 11 semifinalists.

Ms. Gorky has been the director of Institutional Advancement and Special Programs for Marlboro public schools since last year. She has a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Worcester State College. She previously served as principal of the Intermediate Elementary School in Marlboro and is certified to be a superintendent.

Ms. Cote has been the assistant superintendent of East Bridgewater public schools since 2005. She has a master's degree from Boston College and a bachelor's degree from Bridgewater State College. Ms. Cote was the assistant superintendent of the Swansea public schools from 2001 to 2005 and is certified to be a superintendent.

Mr. Clenchy has been the superintendent of the Orono/Veazie School Union 87 in Orono, Maine, since 2004. Mr. Clenchy has a bachelor's degree from the University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; and a master's degree from Gonzaga University. He was the superintendent of the Herbert School District 79 in Saskatchewan, Canada, from 2000 to 2004. His certification to be a superintendent in Massachusetts is pending.

The School Committee will be visiting the candidates' respective school districts and the candidates, in turn, will visit the Northbridge School District.

The final interviews are tentatively scheduled for Feb. 4, beginning at 4 p.m. The School Committee may make a decision that night, or vote to reconvene on a later date if needed.

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Date:Jan 21, 2009
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