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Salary Set, Criteria Established For New Superintendent Search

Oct 26, 2015 12:40PM ● By Bill Gilman

Tewksbury School Committee.

The process to choose a new Superintendent for the Tewksbury Public Schools is moving along, with search criteria and the makeup of the search committee established and the salary for the position set.
The School Committee unanimously approved the recommendations presented by Mike Gilber, field director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, which is overseeing the search and screening process.
According to Gilbert's recommendations, the Search Committee will include four parents, four teachers, two members of the Central Office staff, one principal, one student, one member of the School Committee and two members of the community at large.
Chairperson Krissy Polimeno was unanimously selected to be the School Committee's representative on the panel.
According to Gilbert, the search criteria was formed largely from an online survey residents were invited to fill out. Some of the top priorities among the 332 respondents were communication, leadership, condition of school buildings and Special Education. Gilbert said 84 percent of those responding to the survey were parents.
"I would have thought Special Education would have (been the top priority)," he said. "But once I started to hear from parents and the school community the number one thing was communication."
Committee member Brian Dick said he feels the active participation of members of the school community and the community at-large is key to a successful search.
"I like how we are getting the public engaged (in the process) in many different ways," said Dick. "It's a team effort. We're getting a lot of feedback."
The School Committee also unanimously approved a flyer, advertising the position, that the MASC will distribute to superintendents and assistant superintendents across the state, as well as to school administrators associations, state boards of education and universities offering graduate programs for school administrators across the country.
According to Gilbert, the position is being advertised as a three-year contract with an annual salary of $165,000 to $190,000 per year, plus benefits.
The deadline for applications has been set as Nov. 24.
Polimeno has stated she is hopeful to move through the screening and interview process quickly and that a a successor to Superintendent Dr. John O'Connor can be appointed at the Jan. 20 meeting.
In other business:
  • The School Committee voted unanimously to accept a proposal by NESDAC to study the district's Special Education programs as a tool to be used for future planning. The study will cost $7,840, with the district's 20 percent member discount.
  • Ronnie Drouin was officially introduced as the district's new Athletic Director.
  • Teacher Brian Aylward was recognized for the work he did with the 2015 Summer Reading Program.

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