The Braintree School Committee decided to skip the search process and voted unanimously Monday to hire Maureen Murray as the next superintendent of schools.
Murray, the current assistant superintendent, will take over on July 1. She will succeed Peter Kurzberg, who is retiring after 22 years as superintendent.
“Maureen seemed to be the natural choice for me,” said School Committee chairwoman Shannon Hume. Kurzberg “put in place a team that is an amazing group of people. They are top-notch in their field; we truly have the best of the best, and Maureen is everything we’d been looking for.”
Hume said the committee had little doubt about choosing Murray, who expressed interest in the position when asked.
“I’m more than pleased,” Hume said. “I was first shocked when the superintendent announced his retirement . . . he will be a tough act to replace, but if anyone is going to do it, she will.”
Murray, who has been with the Braintree Public Schools for six years, could not be reached for comment.
While Braintree will not have to look for a superintendent, Murray’s ascension means a search committee will have to find an assistant superintendent.
“The mayor asked us to get moving on it; end of June will be here before we know it,” Hume said.
The town is also searching for two elementary school principals,
In addtion, it must decide what to do about Braintree High’s housemaster position, which is being filled on an interim basis.
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