School Board Picks Three Interim Finalists

The all-Island school committee expects to finish round two next Thursday, interviewing three finalists and hiring one to serve as the next interim superintendent of Vineyard schools.

School board members made the cut this week, screening nine applications and selecting two men and one woman for interviews.

The finalists for the five-and-a-half month job are Dr. Margaret (Marge) Harris, the Vineyard schools assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, Dr. Paul Dulac, a former school superintendent from Newburyport, and Dr. Thomas Johnson, a former associate superintendent who now lives in Harwichport.

Public interviews are scheduled for next Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School.

"We plan to make a decision that night," said school committee vice chairman David Rossi, the representative from Edgartown.

Ms. Harris is the best known among the finalists. She taught social studies at the Vineyard regional high school for more than 25 years and chaired the department before taking a job as a history curriculum specialist with the state Department of Education.

The two other finalists both work currently as educational consultants.

Mr. Dulac is a former superintendent of schools in Newburyport and Plymouth, N.H. He was superintendent of an international school in Beijing, China.

Mr. Johnson was a professor at Florida International University in Fort Lauderdale and the chief personnel officer for Cambridge and Needham public schools.

The Vineyard's current interim superintendent, Edward Jerome, wraps up his three-month tour of duty on Jan. 14.

School committee members will have more culling to do next month when applications for the permanent superintendent's post come rolling in. The deadline is Jan. 28.

Less than two months ago, Dr. Kriner Cash announced his decision to quit his job as superintendent, giving school board members little more than two weeks' notice.

Faced with the short lead time, the all-Island school committee opted for a plan to hire two interim superintendents for the remainder of this school year while commencing a search for a permanent replacement which they hope to complete by mid-March.