Today: School Committee holds public interviews with interim super candidates, vote possible

The School Committee meets today, Oct. 2, at 5 p.m., for public interviews with two finalists for the district’s interim superintendent position. Details of the meeting and how people can join in person or on Zoom are HERE.

One of the candidates is a familiar face: Theresa McGuinness, who was the Village School principal from 2012 to 2016.

The other candidate is Jannell D. Pearson-Campbell, who recently completed an interim superintendent job in western Massachusetts.

The two finalists for Marblehead’s interim superintendent job — Jannell D. Pearson-Campbell, left, and Theresa McGuinness — were set for public interviews on Monday, Oct. 2.  COURTESY PHOTOS

McGuinness was a finalist when Marblehead hired a permanent superintendent in 2020. That job ultimately went to John Buckey. The School Committee came to a controversial separation agreement with Buckey in August, without ever disclosing why it wanted him to leave.

Upon leaving the Village School, McGuinness, a Swampscott resident, went to Watertown, where she is currently the assistant superintendent and did a stint as the district’s acting superintendent as well.

School Committee member Brian Ota worked as vice principal at Village under McGuinness.

Pearson-Campbell last worked as interim superintendent of the Northampton Public Schools from 2022 to June 2023. Before that, she was an assistant superintendent of teaching and learning at Old Rochester Regional School District from 2020 to 2022. 

Stay with the Current for the latest in the interim superintendent search.

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Editor Leigh Blander is an experienced TV, radio and print journalist who has written hundreds of stories for local newspapers, including the Marblehead Reporter.

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