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Each Superintendent Finalist Will Spend Full Day in Meetings, Interviews

The schedule was announced on Friday for each of the four finalists for school superintendent to meet with school leaders, faculty, staff, parents and community members during the next few weeks.

Each of the four finalists to become the next superintendent will spend a full day in the district in the coming weeks.

will have the same daylong itinerary – starting at 7:45 a.m. with a meeting at the central office and ending at 7 p.m. with a dinner with the School Committee.

“Their visits to the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District will include a full day of interviews, conversations, and meetings with the community, Leadership Team and School Committee,” the School Committee said in an announcement issued on Friday, after the committee met to set up the schedule on Thursday night.

The meeting with parents and the community will happen at 10:15-11:15 a.m. for each candidate on their visit day, and the School Committee interview will happen at 5:30 p.m.

The visit dates are:

  • Monday, April 23 for Julia Phelps, currently Associate Commissioner for Curriculum and Instruction at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
  • Tuesday, April 24 for Susan Givens, currently Chief Financial Officer for the Masconomet Regional School District.
  • Monday, April 30 for William Hart, currently Assistant Superintendent for Pentucket Regional Schools.
  • Tuesday, May 1 for Michael Harvey, currently Principal of .

The visit schedule for each day is the same:

  • 7:45-8:15 a.m. Welcome with Central Office staff
  • 8:15-9 a.m. Meet with Business Manager Pola Andrews, Information Technology Director Alan Taupier, Director of Student Services Kathy Harris and Facilities Director Rick Shurhan at the Central Office
  • 9-10 a.m. Meet with Elementary Leadership at Central Office
  • 10:15-11:15 a.m. Parent/Community Meeting at
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meet with and Leadership at the high school
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch with the School District Leadership Team at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. Break
  • 2:45-4:15 p.m. Meet with faculty at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Meet with Interim Superintendent Peter Gray at Central Office
  • 5:30 p.m. School Committee interview at
  • 7 p.m. Dinner with School Committee at a location to be announced.

In addition to the visits to Hamilton-Wenham, the School Committee plans visits to the current district of each of the candidates. Plus, Tony Bent and Arthur Bettencourt from New England School Development Council – the consultants hired to assist with the searchl process – are conducting reference checks on each candidate. NESDC was hired as a “qualified third party” to “provide guidance and consultation” during the search process, the School Committee said in its latest announcement.

The School Committee is still .

Jim Smith April 16, 2012 at 06:08 PM
We don't need a superintendant, we don't need an $80,000.00 software program to place students. For God's sake hire a person for this amount, start investing in people or their will be no people working to pay your high taxes to afford these broad based dissidents who only undermine our system of a free government for the people and by the people.

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