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, March 27, 2012

New SPED Boss Pick Same as the Old

After an "exhaustive" three-week search process, Dr Galinski today announced her pick for Director of Pupil Personnel Services (Special Education Director).  And the new new boss is the same as the old new boss: Cove Principal Stacy Bucyk.

The announcement was made to all parents through another rather vague Connect-Ed message, and a more complete explanation on the district website.

Earlier this month, Galinski's original selection of Bucyk ran into some controversy due mainly to her selection without the knowledge of many in the SPED community, and without any search process.

This time, according to Galinski's note to parents, a committee of 19 interviewed Bucyk and recommended her as one of three potential candidates for the position, which is one of the top jobs in the district :
After an exhaustive search with a committee of 19 (representing administration, educators, school committee, and parents), the search committee for the Director of Pupil Personnel Services completed their work on Thursday, March 22, 2012 and recommended to me three finalists for the position. 
After conducting interviews and completing background checks, it was clear that our in-district candidate was the best choice for the position. It gives me great pleasure to announce that Ms. Stacy Bucyk will be the district’s Director of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Bucyk has long been recognized as possessing strong leadership skills as part of our district team and I am so glad that the search committee selected her as a finalist for this position. Ms. Bucyk understands the needs of the district well. We are so fortunate to be able to give Ms. Bucyk the opportunity to advance her career here in Beverly!
Galinski also posted Bucyk's resume for the public to view.

The selection still needs to be approved by the School Committee, which will take up the matter tomorrow night.  The committee was reportedly divided on the original selection of Bucyk, but never had the opportunity to vote, as the appointment was withdrawn in order to conduct a more thorough search.

It remains to be seen whether the committee and the community will support what still seems to many to be a rather abbreviated exhaustive search with a predetermined result.

3/29 UPDATE: The School Committee last night unanimously approved Bucyk as the district's new Director of Pupil Personnel Services.  Today's Salem News has more on the search process, and says that Busyk apparently has the support of those in the SPED community who initially opposed her selection:
The search committee recommended three finalists — Bucyk; Jeanne Saunders, director of special education services in Hollis and Brookline, N.H.; and Donna Straight, director of special education in Battle Creek, Mich. 
Galinski interviewed the three finalists. She said Bucyk was the most qualified because of her experience as a teacher and principal, and her familiarity with Beverly and with Massachusetts law, including the new state teacher evaluation program. 
The other finalists have no experience in Massachusetts or as a principal, Galinski said. 
"That would be a big learning curve," she said. "Stacy was the most qualified and the best fit for the position. She really has a passion for Beverly and what she needs to do with the special education department."... 
... Amy Donovan, co-chairwoman of the Beverly Special Education Parent Advisory Council, said she was pleased that a search was ultimately conducted and that parents were included. Donovan was among the parents who served on the search committee. 
"It's healthy to do a search process," she said. "And I think it's good for Stacy to come into the position knowing that different people from the community were involved."
The district will now begin a search to find a new principal for the Cove School.

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