Down to three: Contender drops out of Dartmouth school chief consideration

Mar 16, 2023

DARTMOUTH — And then there were three.

The field of candidates for Dartmouth Superintendent of Schools has been whittled from four to three after Blackstone Superintendent of School Dr. Jason DeFalco withdrew his name from consideration.

The three remaining contenders will be interviewed this week by the Dartmouth School Committee.

Dr. June Saba-Maguire, assistant superintendent of Brockton Public Schools, will be interviewed at 6:05 p.m. at the Monday, March 20 School Committee meeting at the Dartmouth High School auditorium. At 7:35 p.m., Dr. Andrea Schwamb, assistant superintendent of Wareham Public Schools, will have her interview.

At the Wednesday, March 22 meeting, the final contender, Dr. Robert Gerardi, Jr., superintendent of New Shoreham School Department on Block Island, R.I., will be interviewed. 

The three candidates are vying to succeed Dr. Bonny Gifford, who retired this month. 

Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations James Kiely began serving as interim superintendent March 1 and will continue in the position until June 30. The new superintendent is expected to start after that date, school officials have said.