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Lenox identifies final three candidates in superintendent search

Lenox School Committee members Robert Vaughan, Anne Marie O’Brien and Christine Mauro at the board’s Jan. 27 meeting. Photo by Ted Remsnyder

LENOX — The superintendent search that was launched in November has been narrowed down to the final three candidates with the job-seekers set to be interviewed publicly on Monday, March 2 and Wednesday, March 4. Two dozen candidates submitted applications vying for the position.

In October, former Lenox Public Schools Superintendent Kimberly Merrick resigned from her post, citing personal reasons, after 15 months on the job. William Cameron was subsequently hired as an interim superintendent while the School Committee began searching for a full-time replacement.

Finalists Judy Rush and Tara Brandt will be interviewed back-to-back starting at 5 p.m. on March 2. 

Rush, a resident of Pittsfield, currently serves as the director of curriculum, instruction, assessment and grants for Pittsfield Public School District — a post she has held since July 2016. From 2009 to 2016, she served as the principal of Egremont Elementary School in Pittsfield.

“My leadership style is one of building relationships, fostering consensus and collaboratively solving problems,” she wrote in her application. “Proactive problem-solving to attain the best solution is central to my philosophy. In addition, attention to building positive collegial relationships and nurturing these relationships to form effective leadership teams is important to me.”

Rush received her bachelor’s degree from Monmouth University in New Jersey in 1979 and her master’s degree in education from Cambridge College in 2005. She began her educational career as a preschool teacher at the Play and Grow Nursery School in North Brunswick, New Jersey, from 1991 to 1994, and served as a third-grade teacher in the Lenox district at Morris Elementary School from 2004 to 2005. 

Brandt, a resident of Chicopee, has served as the director of mathematics for the Holyoke Public School District since July 2018, and previously worked as a STEM supervisor and mathematics supervisor. She began her career as a teacher at Streiber Elementary School in Chicopee from 2002 to 2012. She also currently serves as the coordinator of the Western Massachusetts Mathematics Partnership at Mount Holyoke College.

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