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    Stoughton chooses new school superintendent

    The Stoughton School Committee unanimously chose John Marcus as the next school superintendent, replacing Marguerite Rizzi when she retires at the end of the school year.

    Marcus, who is currently assistant superintendent in Sharon, was picked from four finalists at a special meeting of the School Committee on Feb. 5.

    “We look forward to working with him for many years,” said Molly Cochran, School Committee chair, after Marcus replied by phone that his response to the offer was “unequivocally yes.”


    The finalists besides Marcus were Portia Selene Bonner, a consultant who is the former superintendent of schools in East Haven, Conn., and New Bedford; Monomoy Regional High School Principal William E. Burkhead; and Stoughton High School Principal Juliette Miller, a former math teacher.

    Stoughton has about 3,600 students, and a new high school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019.

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