The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 6, 2004


Citizens invited to meet finalists for superintendent

The Carlisle School Committee is pleased to announce, in alphabetical order, three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Richard Bergeron, Marie Doyle, and Dr. Thomas Scott.

The public is encouraged to attend open meetings for each candidate during the week of February 9, 2004. Each candidate will spend a day in Carlisle, and members of the school committee will visit the candidate's community. The school committee will host a public time to "meet and greet" each candidate from 4-5 pm on the day of his or her visit. A public school committee interview will follow at 7:30 pm each night. Both of these events will take place in the Robbins Building library, as follows:

Monday February 9: Marie Doyle
Wednesday, February 11: Richard Bergeron
Thursday, February 12: Thomas Scott

Bergeron has served the town of Boxborough as superintendent/principal of the Blanchard Memorial School since 1990. Previously he served as principal and third, fourth and fifth grade teacher in Chelmsford. Bergeron received his doctorate in educational leadership from Boston College. During the time of his leadership in Boxborough, the school received recognition as a Commonwealth Blue Ribbon School. He also led a successful effort to renovate and enlarge the school within budget and on time.

Doyle has served the city of Newton as principal of the Bigelow Middle School since 1995. In 2003 Bigelow was named a Massachusetts Vanguard Model School. Previously Doyle served the town of Foxborough as a curriculum specialist and taught grades five through eight in Belmont and Lowell. Doyle is pursuing doctoral level studies at the University of Massachusetts and Harvard University. During her tenure in Newton she has chaired the professional development team, respect for human differences team, literacy committee and assessment committee.

Scott has served as superintendent of the K-8 Shirley school system since 1994. Previously he served as director of special education in New Hampshire, school psychologist in Methuen, and mathematics coordinator and fifth/sixth grade math teacher in Sherman Oaks, California. He received the doctor of education degree from Boston College. During his tenure in Shirley, a new middle school was constructed, community and parent participation was increased, the preschool program was expanded, a full day kindergarten program was implemented, Spanish language was introduced in all grade levels, and the number of competitive grants received by the district was tripled.

The current Carlisle School Superintendent, Davida Fox-Melanson, will retire effective June 30, 2004 after over a decade of dedicated service to the town. The School Committee, in collaboration with Future Management Systems of Danvers, has been involved in the search process since November. The School Committee appointed a nine-member search committee that studied and discussed the 35 completed applications submitted for this position. Eight individuals were interviewed as semi-finalists before the search committee agreed to forward the above three candidates to the school committee as finalists.

The Carlisle School Committee anticipates appointment of its next superintendent by February 26, 2004.

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