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Scituate begins search for new superintendent

The long process of finding a new school superintendent for Scituate is underway, with officials looking for professional help with the search.

Superintendent John E. McCarthy announced in October that he is retiring at the end of the school year after five years on the job and more than 30 years in public education.

McCarthy was previously superintendent in the Freetown-Lakeville regional school district, was a principal and teacher in Duxbury and Hopkinton, and also taught in Vermont and Mattapoisett.

The Scituate school district has issued a request for proposals for help conducting a search for McCarthy’s replacement.

Tom Scott, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, said there are currently about 30 superintendent openings in the state and “not enough” applicants.


“The vast majority are either not qualified or not a good match,” Scott said, citing the increased politicization of the job as a deterrent to filling the jobs.

Scott said the average stay for superintendents is about five years, compared with people staying far longer a decade or two ago.

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