By Carol Britton Meyer
In the wake of Supt. of Schools Paul Austin's recent resignation -- effective July 30 -- Foster School Principal Beth Wilcox and East School Principal Anthony Keady both notified school officials that they were also stepping down.
Both Keady and Wilcox are now working in the Duxbury Public Schools system. Austin has also accepted a position within another school district.
Searches are underway for both interim principal positions, and we will share any updates as soon as they are available," School Committee Chair Kerry Ni said recently.
Dr. Gary Maestas, Ed.D., who served as Superintendent of Plymouth Public Schools from 2008 until September 2020, was recently named interim superintendent for the Hingham Public Schools in a unanimous vote by the School Committee.
"We are sad to lose these talented administrators but wish them all the best during the next phases of their careers,” Ni said.
While these changes may feel unsettling, the School Committee stated, "it is important to know that this is not unusual. In the aftermath of the pandemic, leadership changes are happening in school districts across the country, and even in a normal year, summer is the time when they typically happen. The Hingham school district is comprised of talented, dedicated teachers and administrators, many of whom carry with them valuable institutional knowledge -- which is important for the stability of the district. Additionally, change can be healthy, leading to fresh vision and new ideas."