The search for a superintendent of schools for Norton is one step closer to the end as the Screening Committee has been selected. Members are:
Peter Carignan, Finance Committee member; Valerie Desmond, citizen-at-large; Carolyn Gallagher, parent; Timothy Giblin, selectmen; Ronnie Goldstein, administrator; Sara Horton, teacher; Terry Rand, district office; Chris Strynar, parent; Jeanne Sullivan, administrator; Kent Taylor, teacher; Natalie Connors, (11th grade) student; Beth McManus, School Committee; and Marge Werner, School Committee.
“Once again we had quite a few for parents and the citizen at large, so it was decided that since we had so many applications we were going to give some new people a shot at it,” said School Committee member Beth McManus at the Nov. 19 meeting.
This was not the case with the student representative. While the other members were announced at Monday's meeting, Connors was not named until Wednesday.
"Between applying for colleges, work, homework and holidays it is difficult getting a student to find the time," McManus said.
The Committee must attend all meetings, the first of which they will review the applications and set future meeting dates. A week later, they will discuss candidates they would like to interview. Dec. 17, 18 and 19, up to nine semi-finalists will be interviewed. The finalists will be revealed to the public around Jan. 7.
“It’s a rough timeline and I think we are on a good track,” Martes said.
About 30 candidates have applied for the superintendent position as of the application deadline Nov. 30.