I'm posting two pieces from the Gazette related to the superintendent search.
First, there is an article on the first finalist's visit to Amherst yesterday (http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/01/20/calif-finalist-engages-amherst-parents-staff). I know not all people had an opportunity to meet or see Dr. Bayless, so hopefully this will be helpful in conveying some of his experiences and ideas. His interview will also be shown on ACTV (and I assume available on "by demand" as well).
Second, there is a letter from the three School Committee members on the superintendent search committee (me, Rick, Nora) on the search process which responds to the critiques raised by the Leverett Select Board (http://www.gazettenet.com/2011/01/20/open-process-guides-hunt-amherst-schools-chief). I hope this will clarify the process for the community.
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.