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School Committee Policy Manual – Gardner Public Schools

The appointment of a superintendent is a function of the School Committee. The committee shall conduct an active search to find the person it believes can most effectively translate into action the policies of the committee and the aspirations of the community and the professional staff.
The committee may seek the advice and counsel of interested individuals or of an advisory committee, or it may employ a consultant to assist in the selection. However, final selection shall rest with the committee after a thorough consideration of qualified applicants.
A vote of the majority of committee members present at a School Committee meeting for which due notice has been given of the intended action shall be required for the appointment of the superintendent.
Search process
When the committee conducts a search for the position, the writing or revising of the job description, requirements for applicants, selection procedures and applicable deadlines shall be adopted at a public meeting.
Records submitted to the district by an applicant for a superintendent position shall remain confidential until the applicant becomes a finalist for the position if so requested in writing by the applicant when submitting the records.
When an applicant becomes a finalist, all records submitted by the applicant shall be available for public inspection except that letters of reference or medical, psychological and sociological data shall remain confidential.

[Source: General Laws of Massachusetts, CH71, S37; CH43, S32]
[Adopted: January 2006]

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