A former Newton interim superintendent may get the same position in Brookline after he was due to be interviewed on May 22.
Dr. James Marini spent a total of 28 years in the Newton Public Schools as interim superintendent (one year), assistant superintendent for High Schools and Operations (three years), principal of Newton North High School (nine years), assistant principal of Day Junior High School (seven years), and math teacher at Day Junior High School (eight years).
On Wednesday, the Interim Superintendent Preliminary Screening Committee voted unanimously to recommend Marini to helm the Public Schools of Brookline for the 2020 to 2021 school year. His appointment is subject to a contract negotiation and Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approval of a Critical Shortage Waiver, as well as a vote by the full School Committee.
Marini previously served as superintendent of Winchester Public Schools, retiring in 2007. He then went on to become interim superintendent in North Andover. In retirement, he mentored new superintendents through the DESE/Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents’ induction program and coached school leaders through the non-profit Teachers21, according to an email that went out to Brookline families and school staff Wednesday.
“Dr. Marini comes to Brookline with a wealth of experience in all facets of education. His experience — as a teacher, principal, administrator, superintendent and mentor to new superintendents and principals — makes him uniquely qualified to join the Public Schools of Brookline and lead our school district during these unprecedented times,” Interim Superintendent Preliminary Screening Committee Chairwoman Helen Charlupski wrote in the email.
Marini has “huge experience in districts that are very much like Brookline,” Charlupski told the TAB. She added that he is “a very respected superintendent.”
If appointed, Marini will take over for current Interim Superintendent Ben Lummis, who is set to leave at the end of the school year. Lummis took the position after former Superintendent Andrew Bott resigned in July 2019, citing the "personal cost" of the job to himself and his family.
The School Committee was to meet remotely on May 22 to interview Marini and potentially vote on his appointment.