Cape Elizabeth schools Superintendent Meredith Nadeau is staying put for the time being after the school committee in Weston, Massachusetts, chose another candidate Thursday for its top administrative post.

Nadeau was one of three finalists for superintendent of Weston public schools. The committee selected Thomas Campbell, who is director of human resources for the school department in Needham, Massachusetts, according to the Weston schools’ website.

Nadeau, who was recruited by a “headhunter” for the Weston position, said she has applied for no other jobs.

“It was a great process and it was an honor to be considered for a job in a state that’s leading the nation in educational performance,” Nadeau said Friday. “Cape Elizabeth is a great district. Sometimes opportunities come along. I wasn’t actively looking and I’m happy to be where I am.”

Jo Morrissey, chairwoman of the Cape Elizabeth School Board, said she’s “excited” that Nadeau will remain. She said the fact that Nadeau was recruited for the Weston position is an indication of Nadeau’s reputation, qualifications and skills.

“She’s an incredibly talented and visionary administrator,” Morrissey said Friday.

Nadeau, who’s in her fourth year as Cape Elizabeth’s superintendent, has overseen the development of a new mission, vision and strategic plan for one of the highest-performing districts in Maine, Morrissey said.

Under Nadeau’s leadership, the district has implemented a world language program for grades 1 through 12, as well as a whole-child program designed to close the achievement gap for challenged learners.

“She sees what’s necessary for 21st-century learners,” Morrissey said.

Nadeau also understands the need to provide professional development while raising standards and expectations of teaching staff, Morrissey said. She described the pending strategic plan as ambitious but said the school committee would be there to help smooth any “implementation bumps.”

Nadeau has a master’s degree in special education and a certificate of advanced studies in educational administration from the University of New Hampshire. She’s working on a doctorate in special education from Boston University.

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