Brian Benson, Globe Correspondent
Newton South principal Brian Salzer said Tuesday afternoon that he has pulled out of the race for superintendent in Lynn because the position’s start date would not leave enough time for Newton South to find and train a new principal.
“That position begins on January 1st and given the timeline there would be no time to transition here,” Salzer said in an interview with the Globe.
Salzer, who said in a letter to parents last week that he was seeking several other superintendent and assistant superintendent jobs, would not elaborate on those positions except to say he had not pulled out.
“I’d rather let those districts release the names when they’re comfortable doing that,” he said.
Given the large number of superintendent vacancies in Massachusetts, Salzer said he felt now was an ideal time to look at advancement. With no openings within Newton, he looked outside of the district, he said.
“I’d like to look and see if the superintendency is right for me in this time of my life and the only way to do that is to go through the process and see if a district is right for me and it’s the right time for a move,” he said. “I can’t discover that if I can’t investigate it.”
Salzer also said he is only applying for superintendent and assistant superintendent positions.
He is not looking to become principal of another high school. "Newton South is the last high school I will be principal of," he said.
Salzer said he will begin contract negotiations with Newton in January, while searching for another position. He said the search would not impede his ability to do his job. And he has received "overwhelming support" from students and parents, who are at the school this week for parent-teacher conferences.
Salzer, who became principal at Newton South in 2006, said if he does accept another job, he will look fondly upon his time in Newton.
“It’s always hard [to leave] because you develop relationships with the teachers and families of the schools,” he said. “It’s nice to cultivate and develop relationships over time.”
The remaining Lynn candidates, including four Lynn educators, would replace current Superintendent Nicholas P. Kostan, who is retiring on Dec. 31 after a 38-year career in Lynn schools. The School Committee will interview the candidates during three public sessions scheduled for Dec. 11, 17 and 18.