Maine Educator Selected As Leicester Schools Superintendent

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Judith Paolucci will be offered the position of Leicester's school district superintendent. Photo Credit: Daniel Castro

LEICESTER, Mass. — The position of Leicester's school district superintendent will be offered to Judith Paolucci, the Leicester School Committee voted Saturday.

Paolucci is superintendent of schools in Yarmouth, Maine, and was one of two remaining candidates to take over for Leicester Superintendent Paul Soojian when he retires at the end of this month.

After her first interview in November, Paolucci was the leading candidate, with school committee members citing her experience as a superintendent in the high-performing Maine school district and her focus on technology and transparency.

The school committee conducted site reviews with Paolucci and Marilyn Tencza, current curriculum director at Leicester Public Schools last week. After deliberating Saturday afternoon, the committee selected Paolucci for the position.

Before serving as a superintendent in Maine, Paolucci spent most of her career in Rhode Island as a science teacher before becoming an administrator. She also worked as executive director at a professional development center, where she said she helped teachers to become better educators.

She later went on to serve as superintendent in Narragansett, R.I., until taking the superintendent job in Yarmouth four years ago.

Outside of her work in education, Paolucci was also an environmental scientist at the Rhode Island Department of Environmental  Management.

Paolucci said she was looking to work in a smaller district, where she "could know every teacher, where students will know me, parents will know me and I can really be a part of the community."

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