YARMOUTH — The School Superintendent Search Committee has presented finalists to the School Committee after narrowing down the field from about 20 applicants.

Search Committee Chairwoman and School Committee member Margaret Groban said site visits from the finalists were expected this week.

While the process remains confidential, the Search Committee expects to have a final candidate selected by May 9 to present to the School Committee.

The new superintendent would ideally begin work July 1, Groban said, although the start date is tentative, depending on the candidate’s existing contract.

The superintendent search began in February, following former Superintendent Judy Paolucci’s resigned in late January, to head the Leicester, Mass., School Department.

Paolucci was superintendent in Yarmouth for about four years and said she left to be closer to relatives who live in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Ron Barker, a former superintendent and Yarmouth school administrator, is heading the department on an interim basis through the end of June.

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