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BOXFORD — The Masconomet Regional School District is in search of another leader.

The district announced Monday that five-year Superintendent Kevin Lyons will retire on June 30, 2019, the end of the academic year and his contract.

William Hodges, the district School Committee’s chairperson, said Lyons was due to retire last year, but “we were able to have him extend his contract for this year.”

The committee “would have lengthened it beyond that, but we understand his decision. We thank him for leaving the district in great shape and with a vision for the future,” Hodges wrote. “We wish Dr. Lyons the best of luck in his retirement.”

Lyons is among the highest-paid superintendents in the area, with a salary of $201,105 for the current fiscal year. He could not be reached for comment Monday. 

In its announcement, the district noted that Lyons pushed for and led curriculum and structural changes that paved the way for co-teaching. “Pathways,” the district’s one-to-one computer device program, also launched under Lyons’ leadership.

A search committee has come together to find the district’s next leader. The committee is led by Carolyn Miller, a Boxford member of the School Committee.

The focus for the future is continued success, according to Miller.

“The next leader will need to retain and be able to recruit high-performing, skilled teachers so that they will want to come to Masconomet as they have for so many years,” she said.

Miller also said it will be the next superintendent’s responsibility “to maintain the highest standards of the district, implement the district’s ‘Vision 2025’ (plan) and to continue to build a relationship with the community so that they will be supportive of the district both politically and economically and academically.”

Along with the search committee, a screening committee is forming to help narrow a field of candidates down to a group of semifinalists for School Committee interviews. The 12-member committee will include three School Committee members along with parents, residents, staff and public officials. 

To serve, send a letter of interest including a brief summary of background to Jacqueline Bolduc, executive assistant to the superintendent, before Sept. 27 at JBolduc@masconomet.org.

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