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TOWNSEND — The names of those who will sit on the superintendent search committee will be released at the Feb. 13 School Committee meeting, according to School Committee member Sharon Santy.

The School Committee “agreed on 12 people to sit on the search committee, and we had a much larger amount of people that applied than we thought we would. We narrowed the list to the dozen,” said Santy.

The search committee will consist of school administration, teachers, business people in the community and parents.

“There will be no School Committee members on the search committee,” she said. “We wanted a group that represents all factions of the community.”

The process will now go to looking over applications for the superintendent position, she said.

None of the interviews will be conducted in public session, said Santy.

“They will be done in executive session and the names will be released after we have chosen the person. They have to accept the position, then go through negotiations first.”

The plan is to have a final vote from the School Committee by April 10.

The current superintendent of schools, James McCormick, announced his retirement effective June 30 of this year.

The goal is to have a new superintendent in place by July 1, said Santy.

“Personally I would like to see someone start before that to get acclimated to the district, but I don’t know if the budget will allow that yet,” she said. “It is tough financially … right now.”

The School Committee hired Dr. Louis Amadio of Merrimack Education Center (MEC) to assist them in the search for McCormick’s replacement. Amadio served as superintendent for the Leominster school system for many years prior to his retirement.

“Lou has been wonderful. I have a great amount of respect for him, and he is doing a tremendous job with working with us,” Santy said. “He has laid out a timetable and we’re following it. The man has spent his entire career in education and he is very focused on finding us the right candidates for a new superintendent.”

Searching for a new superintendent is new to all of the School Committee members, she said.

“I’ve been on the School Committee as long as (James) McCormick has been superintendent,” said Santy. “None of us (have gone) through (the) process before of having to interview candidates, so with Mr. Amadio’s help, we’re moving in the right direction.”