G-M supt. search committee selected

TURNERS FALLS — The search for the next superintendent of the Gill-Montague Regional School District is under way, with the job posted and the preliminary screening committee appointed.

There are 12 members on the committee tasked with winnowing the field of eventual applicants to three to five finalists.

On the committee will be Randy Crochier for the Gill Board of Selectmen, Christopher Boutwell for the Montague Board of Selectmen, former School Committee member Jeffrey Singleton as a high school parent, district teaching and learning office administrative assistant Thomasina Hall as an elementary parent and former teachers Carol Gloski and Nancy Daniel-Green as the middle school and elementary school teacher representatives, respectively.

Where there were more applicants than seats, the School Committee selected names randomly at Tuesday’s meeting, tapping head of the teachers’ union Karl Dziura as the high school teacher representative, Linda Ellis as special education educator, Marlyn Reynolds as a retired resident and Montague Capital Improvements Committee and Economic Development and Industrial Corp. member Donald Valley and Allen Tupper Brown, member of the Gill Finance Committee and husband of School Committee member Sandra Brown, as community members.

The School Committee unanimously approved the list with three abstentions.

At Chairwoman Joyce Phillips’ suggestion, the committee voted unanimously to appoint Stanley Dobosz, a retired school administrator, to one of the two administration representative seats drawing no applicants.

The student, middle school parent and one administrator seat remain empty.

The committee’s first meeting will be Jan. 17 at 6 p.m., with finalists to be selected following the final interview March 19.

The district has been without a permanent superintendent since Carl Ladd’s resignation in May 2011. Current interim Superintendent Mark Prince is the second in two years and has expressed the intention to seek the permanent post.

The posting for the position on the website of national education publication Education Week seeks candidates with, at minimum, a master’s degree, 10 years’ experience in education and a license or eligibility for licensure as a superintendent in Massachusetts. The job offers $130,000 to $160,000 with benefits and a three-year contract to govern the 1,051-student district, covering Gill and Montague with Erving students taken through a tuition agreement.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 22.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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