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Waltham school officials seek public help on superintendent search

Posted by Ralph Ranalli February 22, 2008 07:10 AM


The first of 12 community meetings aimed at gathering input about the School Committee's search for a new superintendent is scheduled for next Thursday.

All the meetings are open to the public, but each will concentrate on a different "focus group" of constituents. From 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, the focus will be on input from staff at the elementary schools. At the 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. session, organizers are especially hoping for comments from elementary school parents and from members of the community in general.

Both of the meetings will be held in the MacArthur Elementary School's cafeteria.

Parents in the school district should expect to receive an invitation to these meetings early this week, School Committee Vice Chairwoman Susanne M. McIvor said. Parents, staff and other Waltham community members will also be asked to fill out a superintendent search survey on the back of the invitation. The survey is also available on the Waltham Schools website.

The committee is also looking for volunteers interested in serving on the Superintendent Search Committee, which consists of three School Committee members, two school faculty members, two school administrators, two parents of Waltham Public Schools students, a representative from the City of Waltham, and one community resident at large.

Interested persons should send their name, contact information, and brief statement of interest to Susanne M. McIvor, Head of the Working Committee, Waltham Public Schools, Superintendent's Office, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham, MA 02452. The information can also be sent via e-mail.

All submissions are due March 5 at 4 p.m. and applicants must be available for an orientation on March 11 at 7 p.m. More information can be obtained from the school department web site or by calling School Committee secretary Marian Parrella at 781-314-5401.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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