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Nashoba Tech board, superintendent pick can’t come to terms

Leo DeSimone

WESTFORD — Less than a week after selecting the next superintendent of Nashoba Valley Technical High School, the School Committee has failed to reach an agreement with Leo DeSimone, the candidate it unanimously voted for.

“He basically chose to decline the position for a number of reasons,” Chairwoman Jennifer Rhodes said Tuesday night.

Rhodes said that in an email message, DeSimone said it would be “unethical” and “unprofessional” to leave his current position as the director of the Career and Technical Education Department at Somerville High School at this time, and that he thought the search process had dragged on for too long.

“The committee is very disappointed,” Rhodes said. “We spent an incredible amount of time through this process.”

The committee will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday night to discuss its next steps.

DeSimone was one of three finalists for the position. Denise Pigeon, the current Nashoba Tech principal, and Carissa Karakaedos, the assistant superintendent at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica were the other two.

While the committee’s next steps are not yet clear, at the last meeting, member Samuel Poulten said that if they were unable to come to an agreement with DeSimone, they would return to the option of naming one of the other two finalists for the position rather than start another search process.

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