Mohawk supt. finalist for Central Mass. job

BUCKLAND — Mohawk-Hawlemont-Rowe school Superintendent Michael Buoniconti is one of four finalists for a superintendent’s job with the Wachusett Regional School District in Central Massachusetts.

According to Lance Harris, chairman of the Wachusett Regional School District Committee, the superintendent screening subcommittee interviewed candidates during the week of Oct. 28 and recommended four finalists.

Harris said the school board is scheduling site visits to the candidates’ schools later in November. Final interviews will be held on Dec. 3 and 4.

The Wachusett school board will meet Dec. 9 to discuss and possibly select its next superintendent.

Harris said the intended start date for the new superintendent is July 1, 2014, “but we would be willing to negotiate that with the candidate,” he said.

The Wachusett Regional School District includes 13 schools and serves about 7,400 students from the towns of Holden, Paxton, Princeton, Rutland and Sterling. By comparison, the Mohawk district encompasses six schools and 969 students. Hawlemont and Rowe schools combined have another 152 students enrolled.

Buoniconti has been the Mohawk-Hawlemont-Rowe superintendent since 2005. Before that, he taught in West Springfield, serving as technology coordinator at the Pathfinder Vocational Technical High School. He also served six years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force before joining the Air Force Reserve.

The other candidates are: current deputy superintendent of Wachusett regional schools, Darryll McCall; Elizabeth Schaper, superintendent of West Boylston Public Schools; and Anne McKenzie, executive director of the Lower Pioneer Valley Collaborative.

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