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New school superintendent is named in Hingham

The Hingham School Committee unanimously chose Paul Austin Jr. as the next superintendent of schools, replacing Dorothy Galo when she retires at the end of July.

Galo has been superintendent of the 4,300-student district since 2001 and with the Hingham schools as a teacher or administrator for 56 years.

Austin has been superintendent of a regional school district based in Unity, Maine, since 2015, and held administrative jobs in several other Maine school districts. His background is in special education.

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In an e-mail to the community, the School Committee said Austin “stood out with his depth of experience, student-focused vision, collaborative leadership skills, and enthusiasm for creating a positive school environment for students, staff and the community. He expressed genuine interest in Hingham, the staff and students as demonstrated by his detailed research and responses throughout the search process.”

The School Committee began its search in September 2018 and had narrowed its choices to three finalists — Austin; Hingham Assistant Superintendent James LaBillois; and Earl Metzler II, superintendent of a regional district in New Hampshire — before voting Jan. 16 to go into contract negotiations with Austin.

Johanna Seltz can be reached at seltzjohanna@gmail.com.