School Committee narrows superintendent candidates, plans next steps

Mar 7, 2023

The Dartmouth School Committee is one step closer to hiring a new superintendent after the pool of applicants was narrowed to four finalists at the committee’s March 6 meeting.

The shortlisted candidates were selected from a pool of 13 by a search committee made up of a variety of school district stakeholders.

The finalists, as presented at the meeting, include:

Jason DeFalco, superintendent of Blackstone-Millville Regional School District in Blackstone.

DeFalco previously served as the deputy superintendent and chief academic officer at New Bedford Public Schools. He holds a master’s degree from Worcester State College and a doctorate in PK-12 school leadership from Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I.

Robert Gerardi, Jr., superintendent of New Shoreham School Department on Block Island, R.I.

Gerardi previously served as the finance director for Minuteman Vocational High School in Lexington and superintendent of the Maynard School District in Maynard. He holds a master’s degree from Providence College and a doctorate of educational administration from Boston College.

June Saba-Maguire, assistant superintendent of Brockton Public Schools.

Saba-Maguire previously served as chief academic officer, executive director of elementary education, principal, and teacher in the Brockton school district. She holds a master’s degree from Cambridge College, a certificate of advanced graduate study from Bridgewater State University, and a doctorate of educational leadership from Boston College.

Andrea Schwamb, assistant superintendent of Wareham Public Schools.

Schwamb previously served as a principal and assistant principal in the Falmouth Public School District and an assistant principal in the Duxbury Public School District. She holds a masters degree from Salem State University and a doctorate in educational leadership from Northeastern University.

With the field narrowed, the School Committee will now bring the candidates in for final interviews and site visits to the Dartmouth School District, which are scheduled to be split between March 20 and 22.

After some debate, School Committee members decided to ask each candidate a set of standardized questions that would be provided to the candidates ahead of time and a set of personalized questions that would be kept secret until the interview.

Interviews are expected to be filmed and held for broadcast until later in the week, when all of the interviews have been completed.

The committee members will also conduct their own site visits to the school districts where the candidates are currently employed on March 13 through 16. Each visit will include at least two School Committee members, Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations James Kiely, principals from the middle and high schools, and a teacher.

Interviews with officials from the New Shoreham School District are expected to be done virtually because of the difficulty of traveling to Block Island.