By Matthew Robare
Saugus Public School Superintendent Richard Langlois has accepted a new job in Marlborough, Mass. The terms of his departure and replacement have yet to be discussed by the school committee, but Mayor Arthur Vigeant of Marlborough, who also chairs their school committee, has already enthusiastically welcomed Langlois.
“We are fortunate to welcome to our community such a highly recommended individual to oversee our school system… The School Committee and I look forward to working with Mr. Langlois to build on the successes and achievements of the past year,” Vigeant wrote in a statement.
“We’re waiting to meet with him in the near future…for a separation agreement,” said Saugus School Committee Member Arthur Grabowski. “It’s on hold now—right now we have no official confirmation in writing.”
According to Marlborough Public Schools, Langlois was chosen after a three month search conducted by Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates. Forty candidates were reviewed and five were interviewed.
“Superintendent Langlois has outstanding credentials and a proven track record of success in school district management,” Vigeant noted.
“Officially, he has to give us 90 days’ notice,” Grabowski said. “Then it’s up to the school committee to negotiate his separation.” He added that the search for a replacement will not be automatic: The committee will have to work it out. “We haven’t decided on what the process will be,” Grabowski said. “We don’t know how long he’s going to be here. I can’t speculate; the school committee has not met to work out the arrangements of the search.”
“You hate to see him go, because he’s done a lot for the Town of Saugus,” said Stephen Castinetti, vice chair of the board of selectmen.
Grabowski said that Langlois was hired before he was elected to the committee and therefore doesn’t know how the search and hiring process worked then.
“All I can go on is what I see, hear, and read, and it certainly seems to me that he made some good strides in elevating the level of Saugus’s education,” Castinetti said.
Superintendent Langlois could not be reached for comment.