Thursday, March 23, 2017

Live reporting: School Committee - Special Meeting - 3/23/17

Present: O'Malley, Douglas, Bergen, Schultz, Bilello, Jewell (via remote), Scofield 
Absent: none

Successfully dialed in John Jewell

the meeting is being recorded

received notice of Superintendent Sabolinski's retirement
HYA hired for search process
interviewed, community forums, feedback submitted
there remain contract negotiations and background check to finalize

we are down to one candidate
Mr Peter Light withdrew his application

leaves one candidate Dr Sara Ahern

motion to nominate Dr Sara Ahern pending background checks and successful negotiation


Bergen - open process, feedback received even from those participating via the Forum recording
Dr Ahern toured several buildings, staff, Central Office, all feedback very positive, they feel we can learn and grow with her

Schultz - the second time thru, this is the right fit for us

Bilello - this has been a long process for us, gathering the community input to build the profile helped to make us responsive to what we needed to take Franklin to the next level. I think this feels so exciting to make an offer to Dr Ahern.

Scofield - I echo what the previous committee members said, on the first go round, they were good but you didn't that that feeling

Douglas - I got to speak with her individually after she met with the teachers today

Jewell - this person who we hire has to be politically savvy, and she has demonstrated that. I went back to the responses that we were looking for

O'Malley - this was not an easy process I congratulate all of you, none more so than Anne Bergen, we did all the hard work and came to the right place. An enthusiastic vote. She can lead is to the next plateau

this is a unanimous selection, the right person for the right time in our town.

I would add my appreciation of Peter Light's application, we are in a tremendous position to have a superintendent with Peter's help

going into executive session not to return to public session
motion made, seconded, vote 7-0


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