This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Details on Superintendent Finalists

Here are some more details on the five Superintendent finalists, as reported in today's Salem News.

  • Marie Doyle, superintendent of Carlisle Public Schools

  • Marie Galinski, assistant superintendent of Beverly Public Schools

  • Marc Kerble, assistant superintendent of Winchester Public Schools [link not currently working]

  • John O'Connor, superintendent of the Dover School District in New Hampshire

  • Wayne Woolridge, co-superintendent of School Administrative Unit 29 in Keene, N.H., a cohort of seven districts.

  • The candidates will each be touring the city's schools this week, and will interview with the School Committee tonight (at 5:30) and Thursday (at 6:30). Those interviews will be held in the School Committee meeting room at Memorial, and are open to the public. The Committee could choose a final candidate as early as Friday.

    The process has been fast-tracked because of the heavy competition with other communities that are also searching for new superintendents this year. According to the News:

    The School Committee sped up the search process by two weeks and released the names yesterday because many of the candidates are being sought for other positions.

    "We expedited it because there are a lot of openings around the commonwealth, and we had some fabulous candidates that we didn't want to lose to another district," said Maria Decker, vice president of the School Committee and a member of the search committee.

    Many of them have interviewed in other districts, and in some cases been named finalists for the position.

    "There's an urgency to it," Decker said.

    2/10 UPDATE: Wednesday's Salem News reports that one of the candidates, Marie Doyle, has withdrawn because she is a finalist for several other Superintendent positions. The report also says at least two of the other candidates have other options, as well.

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