Superintendent Search 2015

Update:  December 23, 2016

The Longmeadow School Committee voted Tuesday, December 22, 2015, to appoint HampdenWilbraham Regional School District Superintendent Marty O’Shea Superintendent of Schools pending contract negotiations. O’Shea was a finalist alongside Wolf Swamp Road School Principal Dr. Nile Gile. The decision comes after the School Committee conducted follow up interviews and site visits. During the meeting, members of the School Committee stressed that both candidates were exceptionally qualified for the position. “We are excited to welcome Mr. O’Shea back to Longmeadow, and we look forward to working with him through his transition and as he takes the helm in Longmeadow,” said School Committee Vice Chairman Michael Clark. Mr. O’Shea began his career in Longmeadow as a history teacher at Longmeadow High School before becoming History Department Chairperson and Assistant Principal. Mr. O’Shea was principal of Minnechaug Regional High School prior to becoming Superintendent of the Hampden-Wilbraham Public Schools. The School Committee will begin contract negotiations with Mr. O’Shea immediately.  


Update:  December 18, 2015

Longmeadow School Committee To Appoint Superintendent on December 22

The Longmeadow School Committee conducted interviews with Superintendent Finalists Dr. Neil Gile, principal of Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School and Mr. Marty O’Shea, Superintendent of Hampden Wilbraham Regional School District last night. During the meeting the finalists were asked a wide ranging set of pre-determined questions that covered a wide range of topics.. These Questions were submitted by School Committee members prior to knowing who the finalists would be

Following the interviews, the School Committee determined that they would conduct site visits at Wolf Swamp Road Elementary School in Longmeadow on Monday December 21, 2015 and at Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District on Tuesday December 22, 2015 in order to get a better understanding of the finalists in their own environment.

The School Committee will meet again on Tuesday December 22, 2015 at 2:30pm to conduct follow up interviews and then vote to offer the position to a candidate.

“The interviews offered a great deal of insight into the style and vision of both of these accomplished educators. Given the importance of this decision, the School Committee wants to make sure they have done their due diligence and have the chance to clear up any questions that remain,” said School Committee Chairman Janet Robinson

During the meeting, Chairman Janet Robinson and member John Fitzgerald both indicated that they were unavailable Tuesday’s meeting but may participate remotely.


Update:  December 15, 2015 - 

The Longmeadow School Committee announced three finalists for the position of
Superintendent of Schools during a meeting held on Monday December 14, 2015. The finalists are Wolf
Swamp Road School Elementary School Principal Neil Gile, Associate Superintendent for Strategy and
Accountability of the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation of Indiana, Catherine Minihan, and
Hampden-Wilbraham Regional School District Superintendent Marty O’Shea
The finalists were chosen following a day long interview session by the Superintendent Search
Committee, a 15-member committee comprised of community members, parents, teachers, and members
of the School Committee.
“The Superintendent Search Committee has brought forward three qualified candidates, each who bring a
unique skillset to the table. As a committee, we’re fortunate to have had so many applicants come forward
in hopes of working in Longmeadow. Our community has always placed education at the forefront, and
their expectations during this process have been high. We’re confident that our next Superintendent will
embody that same expectation of excellence,” said School Committee Chairperson Janet Robinson.
The School Committee will host an informal meet and greet with each of the candidates at 4:00pm on
Thursday December 17 at Longmeadow High School. The School Committee will meet Thursday at
5:00pm at Longmeadow High School to conduct interviews with the finalists. Following the interviews,
the School Committee has the option to offer a contract to the finalist of their choosing.


An update on the Superintendent Search 12/10/15

The Superintendent Search Committee met on Wednesday, December 2nd to view video interviews and resumes of 9 applicants that Ray & Associates brought forth as potential candidates for our next Superintendent. At the end of the meeting, the committee narrowed down the pool to 6 candidates who they are bringing forward as semi-finalists. These 6 candidates will participate in face to face interviews with the Search Committee on Saturday, December 12th. By the end of that meeting, the Search Committee will recommend 3 finalist candidates that will be presented to the School Committee at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, December 14th.

The School Committee will be conducting interviews of these finalist candidates on Thursday, December 17 beginning at 5pm. This meeting is open to the public.

Prior to the start of the interviews, the finalist candidates will be available for members of the community during an informal Meet & Greet session from 4-5pm. At this time, anyone who is interested may stop by and introduce themselves to the candidates. This event will take place in rooms A12, A31 and the BTC, all of which will be accessible through the District Office doors located at 535 Bliss Road (the doors under the awning).

The School Committee would like to thank all of the members of the Search Committee who have volunteered their time on this important endeavor.

Superintendent Search Update:  November 9, 2015

 At the school committee meeting a vote was taken to not only choose the representative for each position on the Superintendent Search Committee, but also for an alternate. The reasoning behind this was recognizing that we never know when an emergency may arise, or a family member may become ill. We wanted to ensure that every position on the search committee had representation and that no one was left out. 

 Those chosen are as follows:

 

Representative

Alternate

Blueberry Hill

Heather Sullivan

Erin Hornyak

Center

Kimberly Slepchuk

Chris Girard

Wolf Swamp

Heather LaBroad

Georgia Robert

Glenbrook

Kerry Rintoul

Candice Healy

Williams

Laura Mulderig

Kevin Shea

LHS

Erin Hornyak

Kevin Shea

Special Education

Melissa Cybulski

Stephanie Jasmin

Community Member

Karen Shea

Marcie Kearing

Senior Citizen

Judy Smolowitz

Linda McCormick

Elementary Teacher

Angelique Colby

Lucy Shrenker

Middle School Teacher

Kathy Russotto

High School Teacher

Kayla Werlin

James Dibbern

Student

Kyle Gagne

Emily Ishak

Principal

Donna Hutton

Assistant Superintendent

Sue Bertrand

School Committee Member

John Fitzgerald

Michelle Grodsky

Janet Robinson

  

The Search Committee will meet on December 2nd from 5-10pm with Dr. Rush. At this meeting, video and resumes of 8-10 candidates will be reviewed and a matrix for evaluating the candidates will be completed. At the end of this meeting, the Search Committee will recommend 6-8 of these candidates to be brought forward for face to face interviews.

 The next round of face to face interviews will be held on Saturday, December 12th from 8am-6pm. These interviews will be conducted by members of the Search Committee with the addition of 3 School Committee members. At the end of these interviews, the Search Committee will then recommend 2-3 finalist candidates to the School Committee. Once these finalists are brought forward, the School Committee will then interview them on December 17th in open session where their identities will be made public.

The School Committee also shared the report that was provided by Ray & Associates regarding updates about the Superintendent Search.  Since beginning recruitment on October 15, 2015 Ray & Associates has received 27 completed applications that vary from local to national applicants. There are another 14 applications that have been initiated, meaning that 14 people have begun the application process but have not finalized and submitted materials just yet. Ray & Associates reports that this can be for many reasons but the most common is due to the candidates requesting and waiting on letters of recommendation. With the 27 completed applications, there are 4 from the state of Massachusetts and from the 14 initiated applications, there are 5 applicants from Massachusetts. Ray & Associates also report that they are continuing to receive calls and emails inquiring about the position and this week their office sent out an email reminding potential candidates of the upcoming deadline and notifying those with completed files if they were missing any application materials.

Also, Dr. Rush and Ryan Ray from Ray & Associates spoke to the School Committee via conference call answering questions from the committee. Both reassured the School Committee that many applicants wait until the last week to submit their materials due to a variety of reasons, one being confidentiality.  Dr. Rush promised that he would call all Massachusetts applicants to follow up on their progress and that he would also reach out to his contacts within Massachusetts regarding potential applicants.


Superintendent Search Update 10/13/15

Community Participation


The School Committee would like to thank all members of the community who participated in the online survey and/or the Stakeholder meetings. Your input is extremely valuable in helping to determine the profile that Longmeadow would like to see in its next Superintendent.

 Search Committee

 The School Committee deliberated and voted to change the role of the Search Committee at the October 13th meeting. This was done for several reasons. When our consultant made recommendations as to the Search Committee’s role and the School Committee’s role, he was not familiar with Massachusetts Open Meeting Laws. Upon review by our legal counsel, it has been determined that as soon as the Search Committee makes a recommendation of candidates to be brought forward to the School Committee, all future interviews must be done in Open Session. This means that candidates’ names would then be a matter of public record. There is the potential that this may cause qualified candidates to withdraw from consideration.

 In order to retain the largest group of highly qualified candidates, the School Committee has chosen to amend the Search Committee’s role in the process. The changes are noted with italics and underlining. This committee will still meet on December 2nd from 5-10pm with Dr. Rush. At this meeting, video and resumes of 8-10 candidates will be reviewed and a matrix for evaluating the candidates will be completed. At the end of this meeting, the Search Committee will recommend 6-8 of these candidates to be brought forward for face to face interviews.

 The next round of face to face interviews will be conducted by members of the Search Committee with the addition of 3 School Committee members. These interviews may be conducted in Executive Session thereby protecting the privacy of the 6-8 semi-finalists. At the end of these interviews, the Search Committee will then recommend 2-3 finalist candidates to the School Committee. Once these finalists are brought forward, the School Committee will then interview them during Open Meetings where their identities will be made public.

 For the semi-finalist round of face to face interviews, we ask that any Search Committee member who is available, be present for those interviews. These interviews will take place on Saturday, December 12, 2015 from 8am-6pm. Times will be dependent on the number of candidates who will be interviewing. Your availability for this second day does NOT affect your consideration to serve on the Search Committee. The School Committee recognizes that we are changing the scope of the duties we are asking volunteers to perform and understand completely if someone chosen is not available on Saturday, December 12th.

 The 3 School Committee members who will be added to the Search Committee will be decided at a future School Committee meeting.

 If you are interested in serving on the Search Committee, we ask that you email the School Committee at schoolcommittee@longmeadow.k12.ma.us. no later than November 7th.Please include your name and the position on the committee that you wish to represent (ie: parent at Longmeadow High School). Should we receive more than 1 name for any position, those names will be placed in a drawing to determine the representative for the position. If necessary, this drawing will take place at the School Committee meeting on November 9th. Please note that you must be able to attend the entire meeting on December 2nd from 5-10pm. Your attendance is requested but not required for the interviews on December 12th from 8am-6pm.

 Promotion and Recruitment of Candidates

 The School Committee revised and approved a promotional flyer that will be distributed to recruit candidates for the next Superintendent.

 Advertising will be placed in the following:

·         AASA Job Bulletin & Website

·         Education Week Newspaper & Website

·         Executives Only Website

·         National Association of School Superintendents (NASS) website

·         Ray and Associates, Inc.

·         TheLadders Passport

·         School Leadership 2.0

·         Massachusetts Association of School Administrators

·         Mailing to all districts within Massachusetts

 Salary Range

 The School Committee reviewed the salaries of Superintendents in the surrounding districts as well as “like” districts (from DESE). After much discussion, it was voted upon that the salary range for the next Superintendent be $140,000 to $170,000.


Superintendent Search Update 9/28/15


Search Committee


The School Committee has chosen to expand the membership of the search committee from 11 to 15 people. The new positions that will be added are:

·         1 Elementary School teacher

·         1 High School teacher

·         1 Special Education parent

·         1 General Community member


  • 6 parent representatives (1 from each school)
  • 1 Assistant Superintendent
  • 1 School Principal
  • 1 Teacher Representative
  • 1 Senior Citizen
  • 1 High School Student

This committee will meet on December 2nd from 5-10pm with Dr. Rush. At this meeting, video and resumes of 8-10 candidates will be reviewed and a matrix for evaluating the candidates will be completed. At the end of this meeting, the Search Committee will recommend 6-8 of these candidates to be brought forward to the School Committee for face to face interviews.


If you are interested in serving on the Search Committee, we ask that you email the School Committee at
schoolcommittee@longmeadow.k12.ma.us. no later than November 7th.Please include your name and the position on the committee that you wish to represent (ie: parent at Longmeadow High School). Should we receive more than 1 name for any position, those names will be placed in a drawing to determine the representative for the position. If necessary, this drawing will take place at the School Committee meeting on November 9th. Please note that you must be able to attend the entire meeting on December 2nd from 5-10pm.



Superintendent Search Update 9/15/15


The Longmeadow School Committee has begun working with Dr. Michael Rush, their consultant from Ray and Associates, who will be assisting in the new Superintendent search. At their meeting on September 15th, many items were discussed, including the proposed timeline that will be followed, the composition of the Search Committee and how the community will have input in this extremely important decision.


Community Participation


Starting on September 16th, an online survey is available for all community members who wish to participate. The purpose of the survey is to help formulate a profile of characteristics that Longmeadow wishes to see in their next Superintendent. Dr. Rush will use this data to screen candidates who apply for the position in order to determine if they will be a good fit for Longmeadow.


The School Committee is asking that anyone living in Longmeadow, whether or not you have children in the schools, take the opportunity to have your voice be heard. The more residents who participate provides us with a more well-rounded picture of the qualities that the community desires to see in our next Superintendent.


The link to the survey can be found on the Longmeadow Schools Website at www.longmeadow.k12.ma.us and will be available until October 8, 2015.


Another way for community members to participate in the Superintendent search is to attend a stakeholder meeting. The purpose of these meetings is to have a discussion with Dr. Rush based upon questions that he will ask. These meetings are scheduled for 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm on Wednesday, October 7th in Room A15 in the Central Office of the Schools and on Thursday, October 8th at 8:00 am - 10:00 am again in Room A15. Community members will have the opportunity to meet with Dr. Rush without School Committee members present and without being recorded for broadcast. The absence of these two factors was a decision that was made by the School Committee to allow people the opportunity to be able to share their thoughts and to speak freely. We are working on the specific times, but wanted to give people as much notice as we could as we realize that schedules fill up quickly.


Please understand that you may participate in either the online survey, the stakeholder meeting or both. Any and all participation is encouraged!


Timeline


The timeline for hiring a new Superintendent was also agreed upon. The plan is to adhere as closely to this timeline as possible, understanding that flexibility, when necessary, is key.


  • September 16 - October 8  - online survey available for any community member

  • October 7 - October 8 - stakeholder meetings

  • October 13 - School Committee to finalize promotional flyer

  • October 14 - November 16 - Ray and Associates recruiting candidates

  • December 2 - Search Committee to meet (5-10pm)

  • week of December 7 - School Committee to interview semi-finalist candidates

  • week of December 14 - School Committee to interview finalist candidates

  • TBD - site visits of finalist candidates

  • January 5, 2016 - Hiring of new Superintendent


Search Committee


After much thought and discussion, the School Committee has determined that the Search Committee will be composed of the following:

  • 6 parent representatives (1 from each school)

  • 1 Assistant Superintendent

  • 1 School Principal

  • 1 Teacher Representative

  • 1 Senior Citizen

  • 1 High School Student


This committee will meet on December 2nd from 5-10pm with Dr. Rush. At this meeting, video and resumes of 8-10 candidates will be reviewed and a matrix for evaluating the candidates will be completed. At the end of this meeting, the Search Committee will recommend 6-8 of these candidates to be brought forward to the School Committee for face to face interviews.


If you are interested in serving on the Search Committee, we ask that you email the School Committee at schoolcommittee@longmeadow.k12.ma.us. no later than November 7th.Please include your name and the position on the committee that you wish to represent (ie: parent at Longmeadow High School). Should we receive more than 1 name for any position, those names will be placed in a drawing to determine the representative for the position. If necessary, this drawing will take place at the School Committee meeting on November 9th. Please note that you must be able to attend the entire meeting on December 2nd from 5-10pm.


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