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Friday, August 3, 2007


Carlisle School hires elementary teachers

Carlisle Elementary School Principal Patrice Hurley is just about done with hiring teachers for the 2007-2008 school year, she explained in a phone conversation. She has hired a new fourth-grade teacher and a kindergarten teacher, filled the second-grade position from an internal hire, and has hired a short-term substitute for elementary art teacher Rachel Levy, who is taking a three-month leave of absence. New teacher orientation is on August 22.

Hurley explained she is responsible for receiving and reviewing teacher resumes, which she narrows down to between five and ten teachers for each position. Traditionally, Carlisle teachers are included in the hiring process. For each position, she worked as a team with grade-level teachers and specialists. The team reviewed the resumes, interviewed the candidates, and observed demonstration lessons. Hurley solicited comments from the team, and then interviewed the finalists again. For each position, Hurley sent up to three candidate recommendations to Superintendent Marie Doyle. After Doyle reviewed the recommendations, Hurley may interview the candidates again. In Hurley's experiences both in Carlisle and in Sudbury, her choice usually matches the superintendent's choice. If the superintendent disapproved of the recommendation, Massachusetts law states that "the matter goes back to the principal to propose an alternative."

Hurley added that other positions, such as a special educator for kindergarten, would be handled by Director of Student Services Karen Slack.

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