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Boston panel could name up to four superintendent finalists next week

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Finalists for the Boston superintendent’s job are expected to swing into the city for day-long public interviews, probably beginning the day that students and teachers return from April vacation, according to a tentative schedule slated to be released Wednesday.

Up to four finalists could be named, and each would be publicly interviewed separately by four different panels consisting of students, parents, teachers, administrators, and leaders of community organizations, a process that could extend from April 22 through April 25.

“We have good candidates,” said Michael Loconto, School Committee chairman. “We have heard some real interesting perspectives about where they would take the district forward.”


The finalists are expected to be announced sometime next week.

But before the finalists are revealed and the public interviews begin, much work remains. An 11-member panel charged with recommending the finalists still has one more semifinalist to interview in private on Thursday. Deliberations on the slate of finalists could begin immediately following that interview or on a subsequent day, Loconto said.

He declined to say how many candidates have been interviewed by the panel, but he said the candidates under consideration have strong résumés and reflect the city’s diversity. Previously, the panel spent two full days interviewing candidates this past weekend at the Boston Public Library and conducted two other days of interviews last month.

The panel began with a pool of about 40 candidates. The prevailing candidate will take over the post that was vacated last summer by Tommy Chang, who resigned after a meeting with Mayor Martin J. Walsh. In the interim, Laura Perille, a former head of an education nonprofit, has been leading the 56,000-student Boston Public School system.

Moderators of the panels are Paul Francisco, a BPS parent and global head of diversity at State Street Bank; Elvis Rodriguez, a student at Snowden International High School and search committee member; City Councilor Anissa Essaibi-George; and Carlos Brown, a BPS parent and search committee member.


Panelists include Vanessa Calderon-Rosado, chief executive officer at Inquilinos Boricuas en Accion; Abdulkadir Hussein, founder of African Community Economic Development of New England; Kristin McSwain, executive director of the Boston Opportunity Agenda; Segun Idowu, a community member; Anthony Benoit, president of the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology; Katie Li, Charlestown High School teacher; Adrienne Level, instructional leader at Boston Day and Evening Academy; Ana Tavares, principal of Hernandez K-8 School; Robert Jenkins, Madison Park Vocational Technical High School alumnus; Ruth Ayuso, a Fenway High School student; Colin Rose, assistant superintendent for opportunity and achievement gaps; David Shapiro, a BPS parent; Beliza Veras-Moriarty, a BPS parent; LaToya Gayle, a BPS parent; and Gene Roundtree, headmaster at Snowden International High School.

Other panelists could also be added.

James Vaznis can be reached at james.vaznis@globe.com.