Boston school superintendent search to resume in the coming weeks

Boston, MA--Michael D. O'Neill (cq) is chairperson of the Boston School Committee. Governor Deval Patrick (cq), and other officials visit the Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, to announce MCAS results. Photos by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 19mcas Reporter: J. Vasnis
Boston, MA--Michael D. O'Neill, chairperson of the Boston School Committee, said he believes Boston is well positioned to find a top notch candidate.Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff

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After months of delays, the Boston School Committee is expected to resume its search for a new superintendent in the coming weeks -- but a new leader may not be in place by the start of the next school year.

The School Committee, working in conjunction with Mayor-elect Martin J. Walsh, is planning to appoint a search panel this month or in January, said Michael O’Neill, the committee chairman. Some community meetings may also be held during that time frame.

O’Neill said he is looking forward to moving ahead with the search and believes Boston is well positioned to find a top-notch candidate. But as for having someone on the job when schools open in the fall, he said, “I’m not going to put a timeline on that.”

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