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Bishop among the finalists for superintendent

Four to be interviewed Saturday

June 11, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — In a development sure to generate a buzz in the town's coffee shops and gathering spots, the School Committee, after assuming control of the search for a new school superintendent to replace outgoing Dale Hanley, last night named high school Principal William "Bill" Bishop among four finalists to be interviewed tomorrow in Town Hall.

Joining him will be Eric Ely, superintendent of the Schenectady City School District in New York; Barbara J. Cataldo, assistant superintendent in Milford; and Mark A. Wood, principal of Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School in Franklin.

Bishop, who is widely known as a close friend of School Committee member Scott Lazo, has earned praise from some in his role as principal and for some of the policies he has implemented at the school on Cole Avenue, and criticism from others, some of whom have not wanted their comments published on the record, for advancing through the system as the result of his ties with Lazo.

An attempt to reach both Bishop and School Committee Chairman Jack Jovan for comment before this posting, was unsuccessful.

The Southbridge Evening News will have a reporter at the interviews tomorrow, which start at 9 a.m. A complete story will appear in the Monday print edition.

Be sure to return to www.theheartofmassachusetts.com throughout the day for any new developments.

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