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Lynn schools close in on superintendent choice

Lynn Superintendent Dr. Catherine C. Latham will step down at the end of the school year. (Owen O'Rourke)

LYNN — The search for the city’s next superintendent has been narrowed to three finalists.

They are Lynn Deputy Superintendent Patrick Tutwiler; Marice M. Edouard-Vincent, who serves as instructional superintendent for Boston public schools; and Jessica L. Huizenga, Achieve3000 director of strategic engagement.

Superintendent Dr. Catherine C. Latham will be retiring at the end of the school year. The school budget lists her salary at $207,000.

The names of the finalists, selected by a 12-member search committee, which includes Mayor Thomas M. McGee, the chairman of the School Committee, were shared with and approved by the School Committee on Thursday night.

The search is being coordinated by Glenn Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), the firm that has been hired for the process.

McGee said the superintendent search committee met eight times and interviewed nine of 19 candidates — the three finalists were recommended as a result of that process.

Tutwiler has served as deputy superintendent of Lynn public schools since July 2015. Prior to his current role, he spent two years as headmaster of Brighton High School. His 18-year career in teaching and administration began in 2000 with a four-year stint as a history teacher in Brighton.

Edouard-Vincent is also a finalist for the superintendent position in Medford. In her current role, she oversees the teaching and learning at 30 Boston public schools. She started her 24-year career as a teacher for seven years, before moving on to administrative roles. Before her current position, she spent two years as a Network B superintendent in Boston public schools.

As director of strategic engagement since last year, Huizenga works as a consultant, which includes developing and conducting equity analysis for districts. Huizenga previously spent a year as receiver for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Her past administration roles have included two stints as assistant superintendent and one as an interim superintendent.

McGee said the search process was extensive and the three finalists represent a pretty big consensus of what the search committee felt were appropriate candidates.

“I think the process was fair and intensive and I was pretty impressed with the candidates,” McGee said.

The School Committee will publicly interview the three remaining candidates over two nights, on Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8. Site visits, where the candidates will visit the Lynn school district, will be held next week.

The new superintendent is expected to be hired by June 1.

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