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Friday, February 13, 2004


Superintendent search narrowed to three finalists

On February 4, the Carlisle School Committee announced the three finalists for the position of Superintendent of Schools. They are Richard Bergeron, Marie Doyle and Thomas Scott.

This past week, the school com-mittee hosted a public time to "meet and greet" each candidate from 4 to 5 p.m. on the day of the visit. An interview by the School Committee followed at 7:30 p.m. each night. The schedule was as follows:

February 9 Marie Doyle

February 11 Richard Bergeron

February 12 Thomas Scott

The candidates

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 Common-wealth Blue Ribbon School. He also led a successful effort to 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. She is pursuing doctoral studies at the Univer-sity 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 a 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.

Search process

Current Carlisle School Superin-tendent, Davida Fox-Melanson, will retire effective June 30, after over a decade of 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.

After school vacation, members of the School Committee will visit each candidate's school and community. The committee expects to appoint its next superintendent by the endof the month.

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