Regional Notebook

Union 28 gets interim head

Union 28 — the administrative umbrella covering elementary education in Erving, Leverett, Shutesbury, New Salem and Wendell — has a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Joan Wickman.

The Joint Supervisory Committee appointed Robert Mahler to the position of interim superintendent at the end of June.

Mahler is retiring from a position within the regional union, as principal of Shutesbury Elementary School.

That role is to be filled by a new hire, Maureen Ryan, according to Michael DeChiara, chairman of the Shutesbury School Committee.

The interim superintendent position is expected to extend to July 2014, and negotiations were pending with the finance and personnel committees, DeChiara wrote in an email announcing the hires.

Mahar asst. supt. to head schools for now

ORANGE — Assistant Superintendent Tari Thomas is now interim superintendent of the Mahar Regional School and associated feeder school systems in the North Quabbin area, having accepted a contract to lead the regional district for the coming year.

Cara Deane, now former Mahar School Committee chairwoman, said a full search will be made for the permanent position.

Michael Baldassarre this winter resigned from the position, effective July 1, to lead a special education collaborative.

Thomas became assistant superintendent of the Ralph C. Mahar Regional, Orange Elementary and Petersham school district in 2011. Thomas earlier worked in the county as principal of the Shutesbury Elementary School.

Deerfield educator chosen for Hadley asst. supt.

DEERFIELD — A South Deerfield woman was selected among 52 applicants to become the next assistant superintendent for the Hadley Public Schools District.

Patricia E. Bell will start her new position on Aug. 1. For seven years, she served as the director of student personnel services in the Mohawk Trail Regional School District.

Under her new job, she will oversee special education programming, out-of-district placements and limited English proficiency. She will earn $96,500 annually.

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