My Goal in Blogging

I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Superintendent Finalist Visits

The following announcement is now on the Amherst Regional Schools website -- and I strongly, strongly encourage all parents and community members to attend these three meetings to meet, hear, and then share your views about the candidates (information about the candidates, including names and bios, will be released later this week):

Save these Dates!

The School Committee is anticipating that three finalists will be visiting the district over the next two weeks. Each will spend 2 days in the district and participate in public forums as follows:

Candidate 1 - Wednesday, February 4
Candidate 2 - Monday, February 9
Candidate 3 - Wednesday, February 11

Each of the public forums will be held in the High School Library at 7 p.m. All members of the community are invited to meet the candidates, ask questions and offer written feedback to the School Committee about the candidates.

Also, please remember that these interviews are a two-way street ... we want to hear what YOU think about each of the candidates, and we also want to convince the candidates that they would like to work in Amherst!


Ed said...

I trust that their vitas and/or resumes will be posted on the web or otherwise available? Personally, I would like to know the title of their disertations (although I do know how to find it out on my own).

Catherine A. Sanderson said...

I have asked for their vitas to be posted on line ... that has not yet been agreed to by others, but I'm hopeful. At a minimum, bios (a relatively brief summary) will be posted, but again, I have asked for CVs to be posted (which is done in some other communities, such as Belmont, which is currently hiring a superintendent), and I agree that this information would be useful to the community.

Anonymous said...

One other thing -- can we be reasonably assured that a CORI check was done and is acceptable?

I am thinking of a certain High School principal who liked little boys, a little bit too much.....

Anonymous said...

Can we also be assured that they are not leaving their former position(s) under a cloud of suspicion and poor performance?

"Hussin said that Sprague was completely up front during an interview about a lawsuit in the 1990s in which he was sued for gender discrimination, but cleared. Sprague had reached an agreement to leave the Westfield school system amid criticism of his performance in 1995, and may have been difficult to work with, but his actions did not amount to discrimination, arbitrator Mark L. Irvings wrote in his findings."

Catherine A. Sanderson said...

To answer these questions:

1. I have been told by the central office that resumes will be posted soon -- check the district home page!

2. We actually can't do CORI checks until an offer is out ... and yes, I am certain these will be done!