Today's Salem News reports the identity of the three candidates for Interim Superintendent that will be interviewed today at the high school. The candidates, all retired former Supers from locals districts include former Somerville Superintendent Albert Argenziano, former Swampscott interim Superintendent Maureen Bingham and former Rockport Superintendent Joseph Lisi.
School Committee President Maria Decker, who, as evidenced at the recent State of the Schools presentation, is very bullish on the direction of the school district, tells the News that "We’re not looking for a change agent. We’re looking for someone who can stay the course as we move through this transition process.”
An advertisement for the position stated that the district was seeking a candidate with "extensive experience as a superintendent and building administrator, strong interpersonal and communication skills, familiarity with the new teacher evaluation process, and a history of successful team building."
The interviews will be held today at 4 pm in the library at Beverly High School, and the sessions are open to the public.
The News also confirms our report in the previous post that Assistant Superintendent Maryellen Duffy will also leave the district at
the end of the school year.
There is also an unrelated joint City Council/School Committee meeting tonight at 7pm, in the high school auditorium. On the agenda for the school side is ROTC, city/schools consolidation committee, PILOT/SILOT and an update on the middle school statement of interest.
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.