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Former Framingham superintendent named Hopkinton interim superintendent

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 19, 2012 07:52 PM

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Former Framingham superintendent Steven Hiersche was named interim superintendent of Hopkinton schools for the 2012-2013 school year at Wednesday night's Hopkinton School Committee meeting.

Pending successful contract negotiations, Hiersche will assume the role on August 1.

Hiersche was elected in a split vote, 3-2, Wednesday night among School Committee members.

Although committee chair Nancy Alvarez Burdick voted against Hiersche's appointment, she touted Hiersche's accomplishments in a prepared statement today.

"Dr. Hiersche's experience in budget development, contract negotiations, curriculum alignment with the common core and the educator evaluation system position him well to be the educational leader the district needs this year," Burdick said.

Hiersche announced last August that he would not be renewing his contract with Framingham, which expired June 30.

In Hopkinton, three semi-finalists for the position emerged as the result of a screening process conducted by an Interim Superintendent Search Screening Committee. The finalists were interviewed by the School Committee on July 9 and July 11.

The interviews of all three semi-finalists were broadcasted by Hopkintonā€™s local cable station, HCAM, and are available for viewing at www.hcam.tv.

Following the interviews and a discussion of all of the semi-finalist candidates, the School Committee unanimously selected Hiersche as a finalist.

Following a comprehensive reference check, as well as a meeting with members of the school district administrative team, Hiersche was selected.

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