Mayor James J. Fiorentini is pleased to welcome Margaret Marotta-Smith as the new Superintendent of schools upon James Scully’s retirement in June.
Marotta-Smith won the seat against two other opponents in a 5-2 vote at last Thursday night’s school committee meeting.
Fiorentini said that the board was impressed with Marotta-Smith’s references and past record as the assistant superintendent in Salem, especially her commitment to building relationships within her community.
“She knows all the students and the students all know her,” Fiorentini said, “she’s even been known to ride the school buses.”
The short-term priority for Marotta-Smith will be to address the school department’s budget, a task she is said to have excelled at in her previous post. The long term goal will be to bring overall improvements to the city’s education department.
“Jim Scully has done a lot for this city,” said Fiorentini, “he will be missed.”