The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 10, 2003


Carlisle School hires search firm

The search to replace Carlisle School Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson has begun in earnest. Last year, Fox-Melanson, who has held the position since 1992, gave notice that this would be her last year.

Three search firms, Future Management Systems, New England School Development Council (NESDEC) and Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), made presentations at the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) meeting Wednesday evening, October 1. All three firms said the search would take about three months and agreed to tailor the process to the needs of the school committee, the school, the search committee and community.

After listening to the presentations and a discussion, the committee decided to ask Future Management Systems Inc. from Danvers, Mass. to undertake the job of identifying candidates for the position. The CSC believes that the services of the third presenter, the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) would also be available to them, regardless of which firm is hired. The cost of the process is estimated at $10,000 to $13,000.

The process involves forming focus groups to probe and assess the needs and wishes of the school and the community as well as in-depth reference checking of all potential candidates.

CSC Chair David Dockterman said that he was pleased that the two individuals from Future Management Systems, Inc. that will be working on the project were present at the presentation. The firm has done searches for area school systems similar to Carlisle, in Lexington, Harvard, Lincoln and North Andover. Dockterman agreed to contact the Lincoln School and other local schools to determine their satisfaction with the services of Future Management Systems.

Lyle J. Kirtmen, president of Future Management Systems said, "We're working for you and want to get the best match."

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