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    Longtime school worker Kathleen Smith named new Brockton superintendent

    A 38-year Brockton school employee has been named the city’s school superintendent. Kathleen Smith, the city’s Community Schools program director, is the first woman and the first internal candidate to rise to the district’s top job in 18 years. Smith replaces Matthew Malone, whose contentious relationship with the School Committee caused him to break his $1 million, five-year contract a year early last fall, just before he was tapped by Governor Deval Patrick to lead the state Education Department. “We are selecting a woman who knows and understands the Brockton public schools,” said Mayor Linda M. Balzotti, the School Committee chairwoman.


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