LEICESTER, Mass. — The Leicester School Committee welcomed newly hired superintendent Judith Paolucci to its meeting Tuesday night as the former Maine educator prepares to take over the reigns of the school district on Jan. 28.
Paolucci was the committee's unanimous choice as a replacement for Paul Soojian, who will step away from the school district after 23 years as an educator at the end of this month.
"It really is a pleasure to be here," said Paolucci, who spent Tuesday meeting with Soojian and learning about the routines and issues facing the district.
"When I start on the 28th, I'll be looking forward to spending time in our schools, talking to the parents and people in the town, and really getting to know the town as I begin my work here," she said. "I'm very excited to be coming and I'll be looking forward to it."
Paolucci spent her last four years as superintendent of schools in Yarmouth, Maine, which ranks among the highest-performing districts in the state.
Prior to that, she was an assistant superintendent in Rhode Island. Paolucci began her career in the
classroom as a chemistry teacher.
She holds a doctorate from the University of Rhode Island and a master's degree from Brown University.