Effective July 1, Assistant Superintendent Maureen Murray will step into the role as the Braintree's superintendent of schools.
Murray will take the place of retiring Superintendent Peter Kurzberg, who has been in the position for the past 22 years and announced his retirement in late January.
The School Committee on Monday voted unanimously for Murray to step into the spot, and will avoid the process of setting up a search committee to look for applicants.
“Maureen seemed to be the natural choice for me,” said School Committee Chairwoman Shannon Hume. “[Kurzberg] put in place a team that is an amazing group of people. They are top notch in their field; we truly have the best of the best, and Maureen is everything we’d be looking for. It will provide a seamless transition and still delivering the top quality of education that our students and town have been accustomed to.”
Hume said there was little doubt in the discussion the School Committee had about recommending Murray, who expressed interest in the position when asked.
“I’m more than pleased,” Hume said. “I was first shocked when superintendent announced his retirement…he will be a tough act to replace, but if anyone is going to do it, she will.lllobe.
Murray, who has been with Braintree Public Schools for six years, could not be reached for comment.
The development means Braintree’s School Committee will have to begin looking for an assistant superintendent, which will be done with a search committee.
“The mayor asked to get moving on it. End of June will be here before we know it,” Hume said.
The search will be done alongside a search for two elementary school principals, both of whom are retiring this year.
Discussions are also ongoing about what to do regarding the House Master position at Braintree High, which is currently being filled on an interim basis.