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School board outlines superintendent search

Posted by Leslie Anderson  May 27, 2009 11:01 AM

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Newton School Committee members say they favor hiring a consultant and appointing a search committee that includes student representation to find a new superintendent.

Superintendent Jeffrey Young is leaving the district to take the helm of Cambridge Public Schools. Newton School Committee members have said they hope to hire an interim replacement by the end of June to lead the district during the next school year.

‘‘There is a tremendous amount of interest in the community and a desire to have the Newton public schools have good leadership,’’ committee member Susan Heyman said at the board’s meeting Tuesday night, making the case for a broad, inclusive search committee.

Others on the school board argued that, while community input should be considered, the size of the search committee should be imited.

‘‘In my experience, large committees don’t get a lot done, and they don’t make decisions very well,’’ said School Cmmittee member Kurt Kusiak. ‘‘I think the committee itself has to be small enough to be functional.’’

School Committee chairman Marc Laredo presented a rough timeline for the hiring process. The timeline calls for a search committee to be in place by August, for the position to be advertised starting in September, and for a new superintendent to be named sometime between February and April of next year.

School committee members will next discuss the selection process at their June 1 meeting, where they will accept public input on the process.

— Calvin Hennick


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