The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, February 27, 2004


Newton principal named new superintendent

Marie Doyle named new superintendent

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted unanimously on Wednesday, February 25, to offer the position of Superintendent of Carlisle Schools to Marie Doyle, currently the principal of the Bigelow Middle School in Newton. This will be Doyle’s first superintendent position.
“There are two ways to look at our need,” explained CSC Chair David Dockterman during the CSC meeting. They could vote for a candidate who brings experience as a superintendent, including a major building project, and knowledge of state requirements as the first priority, he said. Or, they could choose a candidate whose strongest attribute is interpersonal skills, who will bring the community into the school and focus on “child-driven directives” as a first priority.

“It was wonderful to watch Marie interact with her students,” said Carlisle School Co-Principal Steve Goodwin, describing the site visit to Doyle’s school that day. “Gene Stamell (Carlisle third grade teacher) thought very highly of her,” added fourth-grade teacher Deb O’Halloran. “Let me say, on the verge of exhaustion, that I’m really excited,” said Dockterman after the vote was taken. “We’ve got another adventure.”

Doyle, reached at her school the next morning, was also excited and probably exhausted as well. “They called me at ten o’clock last night,” she said. “I’m excited to be coming to such a wonderful community where there is such a high value on education.” She said she enjoyed the site visit, and was very proud of how her staff handled the day. “It’s a bittersweet move; I love my staff and Newton. But I am leaving for an equally good school.”

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