Mayor Burke Announces Supt Search Committee and Supt Search Schedule

Posted by LISA EVANGELISTA

Mayor Stephanie M. Burke today announced the members of the Superintendent Search Committee.  “We had over 70 applicants and it was my goal to produce a diverse committee made up of teachers, parents, administrators and community leaders”, said Mayor Burke.

The Mayor will serve as Chairperson of the Search Committee.  Veteran School Committee Member Paulette Van der Kloot will serve as the Vice Chairperson. The other School Committee representative will be Paul Ruseau.

Additional members include the following parents:  Joanne Bell (Brooks Elementary, Andrews Middle School and Medford High School), Jenny Graham (Brooks Elementary School), Alexis Rodriguez (Roberts Elementary School), and Jane Wright (McGlynn Elementary School, McGlynn Middle School, and Medford Vocational Technical High School).  Melanie McLaughlin (Brooks Elementary and Medford High School), will serve as both a parent, as well as, the SEPAC representative.

Teachers who will serve include:  Douglass Bowen-Flynn (Medford High School), Sarah Grant (Andrews Middle School), and Joseph Plati (Columbus Elementary School).  The Administrator will be McGlynn Middle School Assistant Principal Jody Liu.  The student representative will be Medford High School student Justin Tseng.  Also serving on the Committee will be the City’s Diversity Director Neil Osborne.

Should the need arise, Mayor Burke has also chosen the following alternates:  Parent-Doug Nagengast (Roberts Elementary School), School Committee Member Kathy Kreatz, Teacher Larry Brown, (Medford Vocational Technical High School) and Administrator Bernadette Riccardelli.

The search process will be coordinated in conjunction with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

Mayor Burke has implemented the following schedule in anticipation of being able to publicly interview candidates by the week of March 27th.  The Superintendent Search Committee Schedule is as follows:

• Tomorrow will be the first meeting of the Superintendent Search Committee, where the committee will meet with Glenn Koocher from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, (MASC). He will provide the Committee with an orientation session to acclimate the group to the search process.

• Focus group meetings will be held on February 14th (internal) and February 15th (parents/guardians, community members) at 7 PM at Medford High School.

• Potential interview questions from the Search Committee will be due to the Mayor by February 25th.

• Interested candidates for the position of Medford Public School Superintendent must file their applications with the Search Committee by February 28th.

• MASC will assist by going through all the applications and presenting them to the Search Committee by March 1st.

• The Committee will meet on March 6th to select who they would like to interview and finalize the questions they will ask each of the candidates.

• Preliminary interviews of candidates will be conducted from March 10th– March 20th in executive session. The expectation is to recommend finalists to the full School Committee, who will then conduct public interviews, by March 21st.

• Interviews will likely begin around March 27th.

“We have set forth an ambitious agenda with the goal of selecting a new superintendent by early April.  The selection process will remain public and transparent.  By working together we will be able to select a Superintendent who will continue to move the Medford Public Schools forward”, said Mayor Burke.

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