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Tewksbury School Committee Announces Four Finalists For Superintendent Of Schools

Dec 22, 2015 11:39AM ● By Bill Gilman

Christopher Malone and Thomas Martellone are two of the four finalists to be the new Tewksbury Superintendent of Schools. Photos of Dr. Carla Scuzzarella and Patricia White-Lambright were not immediately available.

Four candidates, all of whom presently worth in northeastern Massachusetts, have been announced as finalists to be the next Superintendent of Schools in Tewksbury.
Site visits and interviews with the finalists are scheduled for early January and the School Committee hopes to be able to name a successor to Dt. John O'Connor at its Jan. 14 meeting.
School Committee Chairperson Krissy Polimeno said she is very pleased with the work done by the consultants from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and by the Superintendent Screening Committee in narrowing the field of candidates to four finalists.
"I think we're in a great position here in Tewksbury," she said, following the special meeting of the School Committee on Monday. "Mike Gilbert (of MASC) has done a really good job. I feel we'll be able to conduct the site visits and interviews and hire the best candidate."
According to Gilbert, 25 candidates submitted resumes for the position, somewhat lower than the 40 he had told the committee he expected to receive. The candidates were vetted by Gilbert and his MASC team and 10 semifinalists were presented to the ad hock Superintendent Screening Committee, which interviewed each candidate and recommended the four finalists to the School Committee.
The finalists are:
  • Christopher Malone, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Revere Public Schools. He is an Army veteran, who¬†resides in Danvers. He got his Bachelor's Degree from Salem State and Masters Degree from UMass-Lowell.
  • Thomas Martellone, Principal, Fiske Elementary School, Lexington. He lives in Medford. He got his Bachelor's Degree from Keene State and his Masters Degree from Capella University.
  • Dr. Carla Scuzzarella, Principal, North Andover High School. She lives in Saugus and also works as an adjunct professor at Merrimack College and AIC. She got her BA from Salem State, a Masters Degree in Education from Salem State, a Masters Degree in Political Science from Boston College and her Doctorate in Education from Boston College.
  • Patricia White-Lambright, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services, Melrose Public Schools. She lives in Georgetown. Her resume includes an eight-year stint as director of Special Education in Georgetown. She earned her BA in Special Education from Wheelock College and her Masters Degree in School Administration from Wheelock. She is presently a Doctoral candidate at Nova Southeastern University.
The next step in the process is for school committee members to make site visits to the home school districts of the finalists. During this time, they will tour the district and talk to staff members, faculty and residents of the district. Those visits will take place Jan. 5-8. Only two committee members are expected to go on each of the visits.
A School Committee meeting has been scheduled for Jan. 11, at which time Gilbert and the committee members will discuss the findings of the site visits.
Jan. 12-14, the candidates will be scheduled for visits and tours of the Tewksbury School District. Their visit will include chats with students, faculty and staff, as well as a reception at 6:30 p.m. that is open to the public. The candidate's visit to Tewksbury will end with an interview by the School Committee in open session at 7 p.m.
According to Polimeno, the committee will deliberate immediately following the final interview on Jan. 14 and could, if all goes according to plan, vote on their choice for superintendent.

In addition to naming the finalists and nailing down the selection process moving forward, the School Committee also addressed an open meeting violation complaint submitted to the Town Clerk by committee member Jayne Miller.
In her complaint, Miller alleged Polimeno and Vice Chairman Dennis Francis had violated the open meeting law by choosing members for the Superintendent Selection Committee outside of an open meting and without a vote by the full committee.
In response to the complaint, Polimeno called for a vote to officially approve the members of the committee.
"We had received no feedback (from the state) on this but because there was a dispute that was in the public record we wanted to address it," said Polimeno. "But it should be noted that everything we have done, every step of the process, we have followed the direction of Mike Gilbert (of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees)."
Miller had brought up her concerns at an earlier School Committee, saying she had no problem with the committee members selected, but rather with the process employed.
"I am pleased that the chair read into the record the names of the applicants to the committee. And while I think it was a month late to be ratifying the members of the search committee, since their work is already done, my issue was never with the individual members of the committee but rather the process of choosing them - and that deliberation being outside the public process," said Miller. "Additionally, I am not interested in impinging the superintendent search process and am excited about getting to know the candidates. Tonight's vote acknowledged the substantial work of the search committee - who really did give a tremendous amount of time, during the holiday season, to the town to ensure we have the best candidates for superintendent possible."

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