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Stanley Principal Pamela Angelakis To Be New Assistant Superintendent

The School Committee on Wednesday approved the superintendent's recommendation to promote from within the district. No word was given on why Assistant Superintendent Maureen Bingham is being replaced.

 

The School Committee voted 4-0 on Wednesday to approve the superintendent's recommendation for a new assistant superintendent — Pamela Angelakis, the principal of Stanley Elementary School.

Angelakis, a 22-year veteran of the Swampscott School District, starts her new post July 1, said Superintendent Lynne Celli. 

The superintendent said she was not at liberty to say why the current assistant superintendent, Maureen Bingham, is being replaced. 

Before the superintendent named Pamela Angelakis as the internal candidate for the assistant position, the superintendent and School Committee members spent 30 minutes or more debating the merits of forming a search committee versus hiring from within the district.

The superintendent said time was of the essence. It would take 4-6 weeks for the committee to find the person to fill the position, and the pool of qualified candidates for this type of post is very limited. 

Furthermore, she said a search committee, whose make-up would include Swampscott principals and teachers, would very likely bring forward the same person she was going to recommend.

In addition, the superintendent said the internal candidate would bring continuity, knowledge of the district, respect and a strong work ethic to the position.

The assistant superintendent's responsibilities include establishing curriculum, professional development and maintaining grant funding.

School Committee member Marianne Hartmann worried that failing to complete a search would put undue pressure on the internal candidate to succeed.

In the end, however, she and the other members endorsed the superintendent's recommendation that the district hire from within. 

New member Ted Delano said hiring from within sends a signal to district employees that opportunities are available in Swampscott.

Chairman Larry Beaupre said an internal candidate understands the educational landscape including the politics.

After the superintendent recommended Angelakis, committee members voted 4-0 to hire the Stanley principal. Her contract will be for one year and is to be negotiated, the superintendent said.

The principal thanked the committee for their vote of confidence. 

She said she recognized there was a learning curve but she would spend her summer getting caught up.

"I will not let you down," she said.

In her 22 years with the district Angelakis was a teacher for 14 years and the principal at Stanley for eight years.

She said in an interview that she brings knowledge of the district to the new position.

The challenge will be meeting its extensive responsibilities.

Angelakis has two master's degrees: one from Columbia University in computers and technology; and the other from Salem State University in educational leadership.

She is pursuing her doctorate degree and is licensed to be an assistant superintendent.

The superintendent said she hopes to have a new principal in place at Stanley by the end of June.

AmyO May 24, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Sad to see Ms. Angelakis leaving Stanley, but what a well-deserved appointment! Kudos to Pam, and to the district for keeping a great educator engaged.
Lenny May 24, 2012 at 12:01 PM
I don't know Ms Angelakis, but I am sure she will do well. But I have to admit that I am concerned about Ms Bingham. I hope she isn't going anywhere. She has been such a valuable person to have in our district. As a parent of a Special Needs child, I would run out of adjectives trying to describe how supportive she been, effectively supporting all students and teachers in Swampscott.
Citizen Swamp May 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Why the obtuse comments about Ms. Bingham leaving? People don't just leave jobs like that. Retirement, disability, buyout? I know the privacy issue prevents giving reason many times. Most importantly what is the cost to the district in monetary terms. We keep hearing how strapped their budget is. Will this move cause cuts elsewhere? If this is going to be a significant cost to the district have we considered leaving the position vacant for a period of time? CS
Glenn Paster May 24, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Congratulation Ms. Angelakis!
john smith May 24, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Can anyone answer this question. Does the super work 5 days a week. My understanding is she works 3 and thur and fri from home .Please someone make appointment on fridays at 4 in her office 2 consective weeks it will never happen
Ernie Street May 24, 2012 at 05:13 PM
She works 5 days a week, just 2 of the 5 are from home. Wink, wink! Isn't it great that we need another layer of administration to cover for her?
Liz May 24, 2012 at 08:25 PM
spend, spend spend, beg beg beg, abuse abuse abuse...sickening
john smith May 24, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Do u know who pays for her gas to commute we do the tax citizens of Swampscott. Maybe the next time her contract comes up no gas money and she has to work all 5 days from swampscott not from home .
Lenny May 25, 2012 at 02:17 AM
What is the difference if she works from home 2 days a week? The amount of reading and the paperwork involved is massive....she probably gets more of that type of work done on those days without the distractions a normal day in the office brings. Distractions like angry people with nothing better to do at 4:00 PM on two successive Friday's than to try to take up her time to whine about overuse of napkins in the cafeteria and other such pressing matters
AmyO May 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Seriously? Flexible work hours/location are a part of so many jobs these days. This shouldn't be an issue if it's what she negotiated. This seems so petty.
AmyO May 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM
Well said, Lenny.
Pejman Talebian May 25, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Sad to see Ms. Angelakis leaving Stanley (our kids loved her!) but great to see she is staying in the school district. Its unfortunate there has been so much turn over in the leadership positions within the district. Hopefully the Superintendent and School Committee can foster some more stability in our District so we have some continuity in the oversight of our schools for both teachers, students and parents.
Tom Plumbley May 25, 2012 at 01:44 PM
First off Ms. Angelakis should be congratulated on a job well done. But secondly, when the Superintendent was hired she gave the committee a song and dance about how committed she was and would move to Swampscott. Quite frankly she was being disingenuous in order to get the job. The school committee folded and allowed her to work two days from home. A simple lack of guts on their part. If she wants to work from home, separate the days. Make it Tuesday and Thursday. Don't let her have 4 days in a row off!
Lenny May 25, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Ok, firstly, she only has two days off in a row. Two days.....Saturday and Sunday....that is TWO days. She WORKS from home on Thursday and Friday. Admittedly, I don't know about promises to move to Swampscott.....it certainly has never been a requirement for admin staff or teachers in the past. But nonetheless, who is to say that she isn't trying either? I think most people are aware that real estate is not moving like it used to.....homes sit on the market for months and months. But the bottom line is, the woman works 5 days a week that we know about am I am sure she puts in plenty of time nights and weekends that we don't know about. I think some people in this town should attempt to be at least partially civil and less judgemental. I mean, what has she done wrong? She works two days from home....so what. I can admit I am jealous, as some of you appear to be, that she can do that. But I don't resenther because she can, but because I resent my employer for being stuck in the pre-internet age. Be fair, we are getting out money's worth out of this Superintendant and she doesn't deserved to be nitpicked about such inconsequential nonsense.
A+ Schools May 28, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Massei (not your real name), you are boardering on legal slander about the school superintendent. Unless you have proof, it's time to stop. Show us the proof.....now. 2011 school district salaries as reported in the Patch: Dr. Celli, $161,000, not "$190,000", as you say. School districts two Administrative Assistants, approximately $106,000 COMBINED. Not the "over $150,000" you state. Hmmm. It sounds like Dr. Celli kicked your bottom when you went to her about your little Johnny or Janie. Would you say the same about Dr. Malone? I doubt it. Do you have a problem that Dr. Celli is female and in-charge??
William R. DiMento May 28, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Hey you guys, please don't make her wish she never accepted the job. It seems to me she has brought a professional attitude to our schools which has encouraged the staff. There does't seem to be any doubt who is in charge and she doesn't seem to be afraid to make changes.I,for one, appreciate she knew who wanted to join her on her leadership team and made a decision.She will be accountable no matter where her office is located.
Lenny May 29, 2012 at 02:34 PM
So we have posters who believe that the job of Superintendant requires the same skill set as the Fire Chief or the Police Chief? If that is the case, then why doesn't Ms Angelakis split her time between the School Dept, the Fire Dept, and the Police Dept. She could work in the School Dept on Thursdays and Fridays, the days that Celli is working from home, which appears to cause such heartburn amongst some people, and then she can work for the Fire Dept on Wednesdays, the Police Department on Thursdays.....and for good measure, maybe she can swing a hammer on Fridays helping the construction crew build the new police station. Would that work for some of you folks that think that the Superintendant's office is ripping them off?
Citizen Swamp June 01, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Terry, Can you find out the current status of Dr. Bingham, is she still employed by the district or by chance was her contact bought out? CS
Terry Date (Editor) June 01, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Yes, CS, we will ask and post the answer in a You Asked column. Thanks.

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