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Updates from The Natick School Committee

May 12, 2023

This morning, the School Committee voted to appoint Dr. Bella Wong as interim superintendent for the 2023-24 school year, pending successful contract negotiations.

Dr. Wong impressed the committee with her commitment to guiding the district through this transition year and to mentoring leaders and staff as they continue the terrific work that is already underway in the Natick Public Schools. Dr. Wong brings with her many years of experience as a superintendent, administrator, and classroom teacher in neighboring districts, as well as a deep commitment to work around equity and social-emotional learning.

The School Committee thanks the community for the feedback received and for the engagement in this process. We look forward to a robust and meaningful search for the permanent superintendent next year.

May 8, 2023

As shared previously, the School Committee will interview the candidates for the position of interim superintendent on Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 2:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Initially, this meeting was scheduled to be broadcast via Zoom and live on Natick Pegasus. However, in order to ensure a level playing field and equal opportunity for all candidates, regardless of the order in which they are interviewed, the meeting will now be broadcast on a “delayed livestream.”

This means that you may watch the interviews via Natick Pegasus beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evening either via livestream on your computer or cable station. Interviews will then be available on demand later on Friday. There will be no Zoom option.

You may attend the meeting in person beginning at 2:30 p.m. if you wish to do so. The interviews will take place in the School Committee room on the 3rd floor of Town Hall (13 E. Central St.)

As a reminder, please reach out to the School Committee with questions or feedback.

Sincerely,

Shai Fuxman: [email protected]

Elise Gorseth: [email protected]

Julie McDonough: [email protected]

May 8, 2023

Below please find additional information about the candidates for interim superintendent, as well as the meeting protocol and broadcast information for Thursday and Friday.

Interim Superintendent Candidate Information:

Linked documents for each candidate include cover letter, resume, and reference letters.


Thursday, May 11, 2023 School Committee Meeting

2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

In person in the School Committee room on the 3rd floor of Town Hall (13 E. Central St.)

and

Broadcast via Natick Pegasus (beginning approximately at 7:00 p.m.)

Per protocol of public interviews for this type of position and legal guidance, the School Committee members will ask the candidates the same questions in the same order and will be asked by the same person. There will be no follow up questions and no questions taken from the public.


Friday, May 12, 2023 School Committee Meeting

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Broadcast via Zoom (link here) and on Natick Pegasus

Per protocol for deliberation for selecting a candidate for this type of position and legal guidance, the School Committee will deliberate over selection of the interim superintendent candidate. Once the selection is made, contract negotiations will commence. No questions or input from the public will be taken during this public meeting.


Staff/Public Feedback

We are grateful to our district leaders who have shared feedback during the beginning stages of this process, as well as the staff, families, and community who have shared feedback with us along the way.

Because the meeting protocol precludes staff/public questions or feedback during the meeting itself, we strongly encourage staff and the community to watch the public interviews live or via recording on Thursday. If you would like to share feedback with the School Committee members before or following the interviews, please email us directly using the email addresses listed below.

The School Committee looks forward to concluding the interim process on Friday and then beginning to organize the search process for a permanent superintendent. We anticipate a robust staff, family, and community engagement process for the permanent position and look forward to your engagement as that process gets underway. Please visit our Superintendent Search webpage for up-to-date information, opportunities for engagement, and timelines.


Sincerely,

Shai Fuxman: [email protected]

Elise Gorseth: [email protected]

Julie McDonough: [email protected]


Full School Committee Membership Emails for Feedback:

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]


May 5, 2023


The Interim Superintendent Task Force has completed the screening interview process. We are pleased to advance the following four candidates to the final public interview process:


  • Marguerite “Midge” Connolly → Current Superintendent, Weston Public Schools

  • Marlene A. DiLeo → Current Superintendent, Ware Public Schools

  • Timothy Luff → Current Deputy Superintendent, Natick Public Schools

  • Bella Wong → Current Superintendent, Lincoln Sudbury Regional School District


The School Committee will interview the finalist candidates on Thursday, May 11, 2023 from 2:30PM - 7:00PM. The schedule of candidates is as follows:


  • 3:00PM → Superintendent Connolly
  • 4:00PM → Superintendent DiLeo

  • 5:00PM → Superintendent Wong

  • 6:00PM → Deputy Superintendent Luff

 

We look forward to concluding the process on Friday, May 12, 2023 when the School Committee will meet in open session at 8:00AM to select the candidate for interim superintendent. Please reach out to the Interim Task Force with any questions.


Sincerely,

Shai Fuxman: [email protected]

Elise Gorseth: [email protected]

Julie McDonough: [email protected]


April 29, 2023

The interim superintendent search process continues to move forward. This past week, the School Committee Task Force conducted an initial screening of the 16 applicants who applied for the position. Next week (week of May 1st), the task force will conduct screening interviews with the candidates who were selected to move forward. Following the screening interviews, the task force will select candidates to move forward to the public interview stage of the process. Finalists will be announced to the public by May 5th. 


Public interviews of the finalists will be conducted the week of May 8th. The interviews will take place in a publicly posted meeting. Following the interviews, the School Committee will post another meeting to deliberate and select a candidate for interim superintendent for the 2023-24 school year.


Thank you to Suzanne Kenny, Director of Human Resources, and Julie Skipper, Assistant Director of Human Resources for their guidance and assistance in the interim superintendent search process.


We will share another update next week as we continue to move through the process. Please reach out to the Interim Task Force with any questions.

April 6, 2023
 

Thank you for your patience as we developed the job description and timeline for the interim superintendent selection process. 


We are pleased to report that we have posted the position for interim superintendent for the 2023-24 school year. The job posting has been distributed to professional associations and posted on relevant job sites throughout the Commonwealth. You can view the job posting here:


Natick Interim Superintendent 2023-24 School Year Job Posting


Date

Task

April 4, 2023

Interim Superintendent Position is posted

April 23, 2023

Application deadline for Interim Superintendent position

April 25-27, 2023

School Committee Interim Search Task Force reviews applications and identifies candidates for a 1st round interview.

May 2-3, 2023

1st Round Interviews

May 5, 2023

School Committee Search Task Force will recommend at least 2 finalists to the full School Committee for public interview process.

May 11, 2023

Finalists’ Interviews: School Committee interviews Finalist in Open Session

May 12, 2023

School Committee announces appointment of the Interim Superintendent 


Please reach out to the School Committee with any questions or feedback. You can find our email addresses on this page: Natick School Committee Members.


We will continue to keep you updated as the process moves forward.


Sincerely,

Interim Superintendent Task Force

Shai Fuxman

Elise Gorseth

Julie McDonough




March 24, 2023

On Wednesday, March 22, 2023, the Natick School Committee voted to approve an open search for the interim superintendent position for the 2023-24 school year. The document outlining the themes from the listening tour conducted with district and town leadership, as well as the process, can be found here:


Listening Tour Themes and Interim Selection Process


The next step is to work with the NPS Human Resources Department to develop the job description and post the position. We expect to have a timeline shortly and will send it out to staff and the community by Friday, March 31, 2023.


Please reach out to the School Committee with any questions.


 

Interim Superintendent Task Force

Shai Fuxman

Elise Gorseth

Julie McDonough

March 10, 2023

 

As shared last week, the School Committee has formed a task force charged with recommending a process to the full School Committee for identifying an interim superintendent for the 2023-24 school year. The members of the task force include School Committee members Shai Fuxman, Elise Gorseth, and Julie McDonough.

 

The task force determined that the first step in the process would be to conduct a listening tour with key district leaders. District leaders include central office administrators, department leads, building principals, and union leadership. The task force will also speak with select town leaders with whom the district works closely. The listening tour has already begun and we expect it to conclude within 10 days. Following the listening tour, the task force will recommend a process to the full School Committee on selecting the interim. We expect to recommend this process, and for the School Committee to vote, by the end of March at the latest.

 

We know that it is critical that we move quickly to secure an interim superintendent for the 2023-24 school year. The task force is working closely with Director of Human Resources Suzanne Kenney to ensure we are working within a timeline that will result in a successful process and selection.

 

We will keep you updated as we continue with the process. Should you have any questions or feedback, please email:

 

Shai Fuxman: [email protected]

Elise Gorseth: [email protected]

Julie McDonough: [email protected]

March 6, 2023

The Natick School Committee would like to congratulate Dr. Nolin on her new position as the next superintendent of the Newton Public Schools. She has been an outstanding leader for our district and we are deeply grateful for the nearly 20 years of service she dedicated to the Natick Public Schools. 


While there are too many accomplishments from her tenure to note here, we do want to thank her specifically, on behalf of the district and the town, for her strong and unwavering leadership during the pandemic. Because of this leadership, she leaves our district in a solid position to continue our recovery from this unprecedented global event. In addition, we are thankful for her work in building a strong administrative team of experienced central office leaders and school principals who will guide us through this transition. Thank you and best of luck, Anna!


As a School Committee, we are prepared to begin the search for the next leader of our terrific school system. We are fortunate to enter into this process with a sound educational program, as well as strong social-emotional supports, for our students. Our multi-year strategic plan provides a solid roadmap for the district as we navigate this transition. The Natick Public Schools are in a strong financial position and we are grateful for our collaborative working relationship with town leaders. Finally, we are extraordinarily fortunate to have a strong partnership with our unions and will count on their guidance, input, and support throughout this process.


We have determined that we will appoint an interim superintendent for the 2023-24 school year and have established a task force of three School Committee members to initiate this process. Over the next few weeks, we will work in partnership with district administrators and union leadership to understand their vision for an interim leader who will guide our district over the next year. 


Then, in early summer and extending through next fall, we will begin the process of conducting a deep and thorough search for the next permanent leader of our district. The search process will include meaningful and extensive staff, family, and community engagement and feedback. Most importantly, our superintendent search will be transparent and the School Committee will provide regular updates throughout the process.  


We look forward to partnering with faculty, staff, families, and the community in this search process. Thank you for your continued support of the Natick Public Schools.


Sincerely,

The Natick School Committee

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