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Friday, February 16, 2007


CCHS principal search is underway

The search process is in full swing to find a successor to Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) Principal Art Dulong, who will be retiring at the end of June after six years at CCHS. The job has been advertised, resumés have been coming in and applications will be accepted until February 26. Initial interviews will be held between 3 and 9 p.m. on March 7

When Dulong first announced his retirement on January 2, a message via e-mail was sent to parents asking if they wanted to be a part of the search for a new principal.

A Principal Search Committee has been formed consisting of 19 people, composed of faculty, students, parents and school committee members. Dulong helped to chose the parents on the committee which is made up of people from Concord, Carlisle and the METCO community. One member represents Special Education and one parent is the head of the CCHS School Council. Chad Koski and Becky Shannon are Regional School Committee members who are also part of the group. Superintendent Brenda Finn is not on the committee, although she will be one of the key people deciding upon the final candidate.

A number of facilitator-led focus groups met the first week of February to gather input from students, parents, teachers and administrators as to what qualifications a new principal should have. Most parents felt they wanted to hire someone just like Art Dulong. They liked his openness, his strong presence at the high school, his wonderful communication skills and his relentless advocacy for students. His sense of humor was noted as well as his humility, as both endeared him to young and old alike. Parents stated they wanted someone who would listen to all sides, and like Dulong, would be very approachable. Others wanted the new principal to be mindful of the challenges special-education students face. Other attributes they are looking for: someone who respects students and is at ease with teens.

A few parents felt the new principal had to do a better job integrating special-education students into the social life at the high school. Others wanted to be sure that the METCO Program would be embraced and would continue at the high school. Others wanted the new principal to be capable of making hard choices with limited dollars.

The facilitator asked parents what they thought the challenges would be for a new principal. Responses included: dealing with tight budgets, negotiating the teachers' contract, moving forward on a new building and safety issues.

For more information about the principal search contact CCHS Human Resources Administrator Kelly McCausland at 1-978-318-1542.

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