LEICESTER, Mass. — Judith Paolucci will be the next superintendent of the Leicester Public Schools, the School Committee announced Thursday after the Maine educator formally accepted the position this week.
Following a search that drew around 30 applicants, Paolucci was the unanimous choice of the Leicester School Committee.
Paolucci impressed both the search and school committees with her extensive, well-rounded credentials.
She formally accepted the district's offer on Tuesday, after visiting all four Leicester schools, the central office and Town Hall and meeting with principals, students, and teachers as well as town officials.
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.
Paolucci will take over for Paul K. Soojian, who is retiring. She is scheduled to start at the end of January.