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March 27, 2012

Finalist for school chief withdraws from contention

ROCKPORT — John Alberghini, one of three finalists for the job of superintendent of Rockport's public schools, has bowed out of the race.

Alberghini is superintendent of Chittenden East Supervisory Union in Vermont. He told Rockport School Committee Chairman Michael Kelley on Sunday night that he believed he had to withdraw his name when the principal of his district's middle school said he planned to leave his job.

Alberghini said that he did not want to leave his district looking to fill two major positions at the same time.

"Although I am sorry we did not get to interview him, it speaks highly of his character," Kelley said of Alberghini.

The Rockport School Committee was interviewing the two remaining candidates for the position on Monday night. They are are Jon Bernard of Rowley, principal of North Reading High School, and Robert Liebow of Mt. Desert Island, Maine, the superintendent of Mt. Desert Island Regional School System.

For coverage of the interviews, look to Wednesday's print and online editions of the Gloucester Daily Times and

Stephanie Bergman can contacted at 978-283-7000 x3451 or

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