WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee will reveal the finalists in its superintendent search at a special meeting on Wednesday, January 31 at 7:30pm.
“We’ve completed the preliminary screening process, right on schedule,” announced School Committee member and Screening Committee Chair Jennifer Bryson at Wednesday night’s School Committee Meeting. “I want to thank the members of the Screening Committee for the many hours they devoted to viewing applications, interviewing candidates and deliberating through the initial selection process. Conversations were excellent, lively, insightful, and courteous. It was a pleasure to work with this group of dedicated people…. They were amazing.”
“This was of the best things I’ve done since being on the School Committee,” said longtime School Committee member and Screening Committee Vice Chair Peggy Kane. “It re-inspired my passion for education. We heard about all kinds of things people are doing in the field education. [Screening committee members] were so positive and they knew what they were looking for in a candidate, but were open to other things too.”
The screening committee consisted of 17 members, including School Committee members Jennifer Bryson and Peggy Kane, Assistant Superintendent Sean Gallagher, Town Manager Jeff Hull, Selectman Greg Bendel, WHS Principal Linda Peters, West Intermediate Principal Dennis Shaw, three teachers, five parents (PAC representatives), and a representative from the School Business Partnership. The Committee met over six evenings, at least 4 four hours each time, to ultimately bring forth a slate of 3-5 candidates for the School Committee to consider.
In addition to the Screening Committee, Jennifer Bryson thanked the district’s Director of Human Resources Ken Storlazzi for overseeing the process and organizing materials. Bryson also thanked the Superintendent’s Administrative Assistant Tristyn Dixey for her help behind the scenes. Bryson went on to praise the New England School Development Council (NESDEC), the committee’s search firm, for their ongoing support and commitment.
At the January 31 meeting, the announcement of the superintendent finalists will be followed by a presentation from Art Bettencourt of NESDEC to discuss the School Committee’s next steps in the process. The meeting is expected to last approximately one hour. While a location for the meeting was not discussed, the School Committee typically meets in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. A meeting on Monday, January 29 was preferred by the committee, but unattainable due to members already planning on attending the Town Manager’s Budget Presentation at Town Hall scheduled for the same night.
The School Committee is expected to select the district’s next Superintendent in late February or early March, based on the search’s published timeline.
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