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Friday, February 15, 2008


Interviews underway for Middle School Principal

This week the first interviews for the position of Middle School Principal (for Grades 5-8) were held at the Carlisle Public School. In the initial interviews the school says it keeps information on candidates confidential because their employers are often unaware of their applications.

The position became available after former Middle School Principal Paul Graseck resigned last summer to take another position. Jim Halliday is serving as interim principal through this school year.

The hiring committee includes three administrators, three faculty members and three parents: Elementary Principal Patrice Hurley, Director of Student Support Services Karen Slack, Halliday, school nurse Kathy Horan, special education teacher Tracy Malone, language arts teacher Cheryl Hay, Carlisle Education Foundation member Jim Zimmerman, Carlisle School Association President Holly Salemy, and Carlisle Parent Advisory Council (CPAC) Co-Chair Kris Tocci.

Hurley explained that all resumes were reviewed by every member of the committee. The resumes were divided into three groups, ranging from "most promising" to those least likely to meet the school's needs. She said the committee is now in the process of interviewing selected candidates and explained, "In the interview process we decided jointly on a number of questions and used a rubric guide to assess the viability of each candidate." The hiring committee has been asked to select beween one and three finalists from the initial interviews to recommend to Superintendent Marie Doyle.

Doyle said that after school vacation, during the last week of February the finalist(s) will be invited to the campus to meet parents and teachers, and have an interview with Doyle, who will make the final decision on hiring. The school said it will notify parents of the interview schedule by e-mail or through the online newsletter, "The Buzz."

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