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Friday, December 11, 2009

CSC begins superintendent search

The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted on December 2 to hire the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to conduct a Superintendent search for the Carlisle School, contingent upon a reduced cost if a candidate is promoted from within the school. The position includes the responsibilities of both a Superintendent and a Principal. The current Superintendent, Marie Doyle, has submitted her resignation, effective June 30, 2010.

The School Committee received three responses to a call for bids to conduct a Superintendent search. The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) bid $8,500, NESDEC bid $9,876, and a third company declined to bid. Under Massachusetts law, the committee must solicit three quotes for the work if the total cost is between $5,000 and $24,999.

Committee member Dale Ryder asked about the role of the search company, and questioned whether it was necessary to hire one. Chair Chad Koski said that although he participated in the interview process for administrators at the Concord–Carlisle High School, he has not organized a search, which includes background and reference checks, reviewing legal requirements, and assessing resumés.

The committee agreed that NESDEC was their first choice though the bid is over $1,000 higher than MASC. Koski pointed out that NESDEC has worked with the school committee since last spring, first investigating the possible superintendency union with Concord and, more recently, on the reorganization of the school administration (see “Carlisle School trims leadership: CSC votes to combine superintendent/principal roles,” Mosquito, November 27.) The last superintendent search was begun in 2003 and was conducted by Future Management System.

Audience member Laura Snowdon commented, “Last time the search committee was composed of representatives including the Carlisle School Association, Carlisle Education Foundation, the Selectmen, the CSC chair and teachers.” CSC member Louis Salemy replied, “We plan on being all inclusive. We want this to be done with community involvement.” Koski later clarified, “The school committee would like to discuss the proper course of action with NESDEC, including the composition of a search committee, should we determine that one is required. We hope to have this discussion at the next CSC meeting.”∆

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