Lynn School Committee signs 3-year contract with deputy superintendent

LYNN — The Lynn School Committee has come to a three-year agreement with newly hired Deputy Superintendent Debra Ruggiero.

Under the terms of the deal, Ruggiero will be paid a salary of $160,000, according to Mayor Thomas M. McGee, chairman of the School Committee.

The agreement was discussed during an executive session of Thursday night’s School Committee meeting and no further details were shared.

Ruggiero, a Peabody resident, served as the executive director of curriculum and instruction for the Lynn Public Schools since January, and started her new position last month.

She was appointed to her new role by Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler in September. Ruggiero joins the district’s other Deputy Superintendent Kimberlee Powers and fills the vacancy created when Tutwiler started his new position as superintendent over the summer.

Candidates for the now-vacant executive director of curriculum position will be interviewed on Nov. 26.

Ruggiero, a Lynn English High School graduate, has worked for the Lynn Public Schools for 32 years. She has had a variety of teaching positions, including, but not limited to special education and classroom teacher.

She served as a curriculum and instruction teacher for three years before landing her first principalship. Ruggiero then spent 11 years in principal roles, most recently at Harrington Elementary School.

Ruggiero was a candidate for the superintendent position in Peabody last year.

She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Lesley College and earned her Master of Education degree specializing in reading and literacy from Endicott College. She has completed the Principal Preparation Program at the Merrimack Education Center.

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