Final five candidates for Hudson superintendent announced


Final five candidates for Hudson superintendent announced
The Hudson Public Schools administration building sits at the corner of Apsley St. and Lake St. The School Committee has named five finalists for Hudson superintendent. (Photo/Dakota Antelman)

HUDSON — The Hudson School Committee is getting one step closer to finding a new superintendent to replace Marco Rodrigues, who will retire in June. 

The Superintendent Search Committee announced the final five candidates to fill the Hudson Superintendent position on Feb. 28, along with the overall process that will take place to chose who will become the new superintendent.

The Screening Committee recommended five candidates for consideration by the School Committee. 

The list included Dr. Alexandra McNeil, who is currently the assistant superintendent of Needham Public Schools; Dr. Jannell Pearson-Campbell, the interim superintendent of Northampton Public Schools; Dr. Brian Reagan, superintendent of Waltham Public Schools; Dr. Daniel Riley, principal at Marlborough High School and Dr. June Saba-Maguire, assistant superintendent of Brockton Public Schools.

The Screening Committee for the applicants for the position was chaired by School Committee member Molly MacKenzie, who thanked everyone who applied for the position 

The committee met in February to prepare for preliminary interviews with applicants.

“As a committee we enjoyed our conversation with these candidates who represented a wide range of experiences and backgrounds,” said MacKenzie. 

She noted the many hours the committee spent reviewing applications, interviewing candidates and deliberating in the preliminary selection process. There were lively and insightful conversations, MacKenzie said, and the group consisted of “truly dedicated people.”

Applications and information for the five candidates would be posted shortly to the Hudson Schools website.

Carolyn Burke, a search consultant with the New England School Development Council, called the process “well organized.” 

“You just did a get job,” she told MacKenzie.

Burke said the superintendent search is now in the School Committee’s hands and noted it was “probably one of the most important decisions that you’re going to make.”

In the month of March, the committee’s work will include scheduling and calling candidates, as well as organizing workshops.

Burke asked School Committee Chair Michele Tousignant Dufour what the scheduling process will be for the final candidates. 

“We should look to see what more days we have, and at this point we said that we weren’t going to try to do anything until the 13th,” said Tousignant Dufour. 

Ultimately, the schedule for candidate visits will be Pearson-Campbell on March 7, McNeil on March 14, Riley on March 16, Reagan on March 20 and Saba-Maguire on March 22.

The details for now are outlined as having the candidates meet families, students and the public constituents at Hudson High from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and the School Committee will conduct interviews at 7 p.m. 

The public is invited to attend the Q&A session and meet the candidates, one of which could be the next superintendent of the Hudson Public Schools. Resumes for each candidate and more information is available at

In the end, Burke said the job of the School Committee was to “decide who is the best match for Hudson.”


Hudson Supt. Marco Rodrigues announces retirement in June