By Kate Anslinger
Last Thursday, School Superintendent John Macero received confirmation that he has been nominated as one of four finalists to go forward in the interview process for Saugus school superintendent.
Screening Committee Co-chair Peter Manoogian said the process began in November and confirmed Macero was a finalist.
While Macero has been a resident of Winthrop since 1992, he was born and raised in Saugus and has deep roots in the town.
“I explored the option because Saugus is near and dear to my heart, much in the same way that Winthrop is,” said Macero. “This is an opportunity that I wanted to explore and because I have such history there, it drew me in. We’ve come a long way in Winthrop with the new school opening soon.”
It would be a bittersweet transition for Macero, if he makes the move to the Saugus district. The 21-member team of interviewers is striving to make their decision by mid-April and the new superintendent would start in Saugus on July 1. Next week the final candidates will be visiting the Saugus schools as part of the ongoing interview process.
There are 2,700 students in the Saugus school system. If Macero is selected he would miss the opening of the new Winthrop middle/high school. The town of Saugus is also looking to build a new high school.
The selection process in Saugus began with 21 candidates. Saugus has been through two superintendents since 2013.