Northampton Public Schools Superintendent Blog

May 17, 2013 Weekly musings:

Posted on: May 17, 2013

By: educared

By: educared

The biggest news items of the week are the principal searches at the high school and Leeds elementary.  Yesterday afternoon, our three high school finalists participated in their second round interviews that included a building tour while classes were in session, a formal interview, and open forum meetings with faculty and then with students and also with parents and community members.  Feedback forms were collected from all and we are collating and processing these today.  The preferred candidate will be notified and the name will be released on Monday.  A contract will be offered pending a successful site visit next Wednesday.

Over at Leeds, I met with the selection committee on Wednesday and have established the second round interview schedule for these two candidates on Thursday, May 23rd.   Our preferred candidate will be announced on Friday, May 24th with a site visit scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th.

Regarding our next superintendent search, on Tuesday, the School Committee met with Dr. Joseph Wood, the NESDEC search consultant.  Advertising for the position will begin soon and further timelines will be released within the next two weeks.

MCAS testing was completed this week except for make-up testing scheduled for next week.

Wednesday evening, Marisa Hebble and Karen Jarvis Vance along with members of the Northampton Prevention Coalition hosted a successful forum for parents, youth, and educators.  I was able to attend this discussion on School Connectedness and Teen Wellness. High School students from the improv group Caught Off Guard performed, Dr. Chris Overtree offered research and suggestions for supporting student engagement, and finally, we worked in small breakout groups to discuss ideas we can put into action in our schools. Overall, the message was that a positive school climate comes from engaged and empowered students who actively take ownership in shaping their schools. As adults, we are challenged to create systems supportive of this level of student ownership.


Brian  Salzer

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