Dr. Argenziano, interim Superintendent of Schools, today released this video, announcing times for next week's interviews with the four finalists for permanent Superintendent. In it, he also states that the interviews will be recorded by BevCam and televised, but not until the following day. The public is invited to attend the sessions, and will be able to submit questions to the candidates.
The finalists include Beverly
High School Principal Sean Gallagher, and former Beverly High Assistant Principal Christopher Malone. The candidate biographies
were posted last week by the district, and the
Salem News also ran a story on the choices.
The finalists will be interviewed at the high school on the following schedule:
Current Principal at Beverly High School
Tuesday, November 12, 4-6 pm
Christopher J. Malone
Current Assistant Superintendent in Revere
(former Assistant Principal at BHS)
Tuesday, November 12, 6:15-8:15 pm
Dr. Andrew Keough
Current Wellesley High School Principal
Wednesday, November 13, 4-6 pm
Dr. Steven A. Hiersche
Former Superintendent in Framingham, Watertown and Plymouth
Thursday, November 14, 4-6 pm
What happens after that seems somewhat unclear. [SEE UPDATE BELOW]
According to the most recent agenda, and the video posted above, the search committee will then meet the next day, Friday, November 15th at 4pm to vote on their top choice. This meeting is also at the high school, and will be open to the public.
But the full search process schedule, which is posted on the district website shows an additional two weeks of site visits and "Thorough Background Checks on Four Finalists," following the interviews, and no final decision made until the week of December 2nd. Last week's Salem News story also listed this schedule.
From what we've been able to confirm from school committee sources, the newer, more compressed schedule appears to be the one they are following. Please contact your own School Committee Rep if you'd like to clarify or comment on the process or share your views on any of the candidates.
If you'd like to get an advanced look at some of the finalists, two were
recently candidates for Superintendent in Hopkington, and video excepts
of their interviews can be seen here: (Keough) (Hiersche).
NOVEMBER 8 UPDATE: Members of the school committee have confirmed that the committee will vote on Friday the 15th, and attempt to make a choice among the four, or at least narrow to two. They will then do background checks and a site visit to that candidate(s)'s current district. This is being done in part, it seems, because the candidate pool is limited, and there is often competition between districts for top candidates.
Bottom line, anyone who is able to, and wants to be involved in the process should try to attend the interviews, and the Friday evening vote.
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.