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.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Superintendent Search Update

Just wanted to update everyone on the very important search for a new superintendent: the current plan is for the finalists (3 or 4) to come to visit Amherst the weeks of February 2nd and 9th. There will be opportunities to meet and ask questions of each of the candidates during public forums, and to then give feedback to the School Committee. Please look for more announcements in the next week or so about the specific times/dates of the public forums for superintendent candidates and try to attend if you at all can. One more thing: please remember that these public forums are a two-way street ... we need to not only determine which candidate is the best fit for Amherst, but also to convince that person that he/she would like to work here (and good candidates will very likely have offers to go elsewhere). I see hiring a great superintendent as an essential step in creating a school system that is truly a model of excellent public education for all students. What a time of great potential for our district.

1 comment:

Neil said...

Thank you for the update. It's good to hear the status of this important hire.