March 26th, 2014- Organization Meeting - Search Committee selected candidates to be interviewed.

April 9th and April 16th, 2014 - Interviews will be held in the Superintendent’s Conf Room at the M.S.

Semi-finalist will be selected by the Search Committee

April 28th & 30th, 2014 - Semi-finalist interviews will be held at the Superintendent’s Conf Room at the M.S.

April 30th, 2014 - Three finalists will be announced by the Search Committee

May 1st, 2014 - Three finalists will meet with the Superintendent

May 12th, 2014 - Instructional walk-thru at Clarke School with the Superintendent and current Clarke Principal

May 13th, 2014 - Community Interview/Forum at Clarke School at 7:00 p.m.

May 19th & May 20th, 2014 - Site Visits (tbd)

Louis Massei March 28, 2014 at 07:29 AM
Who are the members of the search committee? Why has Lois decided to leave?
Restless March 28, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Principal Longin will be the district curriculum and professional development director. A loss for Clarke but a gain for the town overall. All the best in the future Mrs Longin.
Louis Massei March 30, 2014 at 12:07 PM
Thanks Restless....
Tom Smith March 30, 2014 at 12:51 PM
Important questions for the Patch to find out: 1. Who currently holds this position? 2. Was there a search committee? 3. How much does this position pay. I love Lois, she was a great teacher, principal and person but what does she know about curriculum development especially at the HS level. I do not like the way the schools are run in Swampscott. The school committee is 3/5 elementary school parents. The super is basically a elementary school person who unlike every other top district only has a masters instead of a PHD. And now the curriculum director is a elementary school person. We might as well close down the HS.
Restless March 30, 2014 at 08:22 PM
Tom. I do not know if this way will be any better but this is a change from the towns old pattern. In the past we have hired in outsiders who were educationally top heavy but clearly had their eye on their next move. They were badly or under supervised by whomever in the town, if anyone, actually has any authority over the top school of this town and things ended badly for the district each and every time. I am willing to give the new strategy for hiring in internal candidates with a proven track record for staying the course and a long term investment a try before we tear it down. I do think though that there need to be clearly defined and distributed goals and objectives and disclosure about performance reviews. I would also like to see contracts written in such a way that top officials can be 'let go' without the town being out vast sums of money for no good reason every single time because we are afraid of litigation.


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