Chelmsford Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kristan Rodriguez was chosen over the weekend as the new superintendent in the Groton-Dunstable Regional
Chelmsford Assistant Superintendent of Schools Kristan Rodriguez was chosen over the weekend as the new superintendent in the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District.

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GROTON -- In an emergency meeting held Sunday afternoon, the Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee unanimously voted to offer the superintendent's position to Kristan Rodriguez, who currently works as the assistant superintendent of Chelmsford schools.

Rodriguez has accepted the offer pending a successful contract negotiation, according to Committee Chairwoman Alison Manugian.

"She is very, very excited," Manugian said of Rodriguez' reaction to the job offer.

Rodriguez was vying for the post with Theodore Friend, superintendent of Sutton School District. At the Committee meeting on Friday, some committee members had already expressed their support for Rodriguez but decided to gather more information about each candidate.

Then, on Saturday, Manugian called an emergency meeting for Sunday after learning that Rodriguez had another job offer. Friend withdrew his candidacy before the Sunday meeting, Manugian said.

Manugian cited Rodriguez' team-building skills as among top reason for selecting her as the new superintendent.

If the contract negotiation ends successfully, Rodriguez will replace Interim Superintendent Anthony Bent, who has served in the position since July 2012 when former Superintendent Joseph Mastrocola left for a similar position in Peabody.

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