The superintendent's office says there are now three finalists each for the open principal positions at the South and Carroll elementary schools.
Interim principals were hired at both schools in recent months, following the promotion of Cara Murtagh to Assistant Superintendent from the Carroll last summer and the retirement of Maryellen McGrath from the South at the end of January.
The South School finalists are Katelin Kennedy, Matthew Fusco and Tracy Smith. Kennedy has been at the school for nine years, the last three as Assistant Principal before serving as Interim Principal as of Feb. 1.
Fusco is the principal at Great Oak Elementary School in Danvers and Smith is an eighth grade housemaster at Higgins Middle School, where she has worked since 2009.
Over at the Carroll School, where retired principal Paul Guerrette was hired as Interim Principal in August, the finalists for the permanent job are Amy Pasquarello, Linda Currety and Rebecca Gordon.
Pasquarello is a fifth grade teacher and assistant principal at the Burke School (she actually was just hired for that job this past fall), Curretty is the lower school principal at the Tenney Grammar School in Methuen and Gordon is the assistant principal at Northeast Elementary School in Waltham.
Nearly 40 candidates applied for both positions. The finalists will be interviewed later this month.