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Braintree, Winchester

Braintree superintendent will be interim leader in Winchester

School Superintendent Frank Hackett will leave the Braintree district at the end of the school year to become interim superintendent of the Winchester public schools.

Hackett, who has been Braintree’s superintendent since 2015, was the unanimous choice of the Winchester School Committee to replace retiring superintendent Judith Evans. She announced her plans in January and the board voted for Hackett on Feb. 19.

The other finalist for the job was Merrimack, N.H., Superintendent Mark McLaughlin.

Before coming to Braintree, Hackett was Pembroke’s school superintendent for eight years. His wife, Julie Hackett, is school superintendent in Lexington, a town next to Winchester.


Winchester has about 4,500 students — about 950 fewer than Braintree, according to data from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.