Board of Ed Approves Job Description for Superintendent

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The superintendent search is heating up . . . and so are local tempers. At the last Board of Ed meeting, a Board member stormed from the room after confronting a local resident who was asking a question regarding the inclusion of the term "academic excellence" in the job description for the position.  Policy 1230, which is the job description used to determine the qualifications for the superintendent position, now includes the words "student academic achievement." The Board approved the revision, after a lively discussion of the merits of including such a term and why it is important to do so when casting a wide net for the right candidate.

The Board has contracted a consultant from the NJSBA to the tune of $15,000 to help to implement the search and process the results for the board. So far the board is on schedule (see for the search calendar) , although public forums (9/14 and 9/20) regarding what the community in the district would consider viable questions and issues to bring up with any candidates have been scheduled after the process is well underway. However, the Board concurred that the concerns and requests of all interested Metuchen residents would be considered throughout the interview process. The application request deadline is September 9th and all applications must be received by September 23rd. Ads have been placed through the Star-Ledger and a NJ Education organization. Other outlets weren't discussed at the meeting.

When principal spots were opened at the High School and at Campbell Elementary, the Board received many applications but chose to fill those positions from candidates within the Metuchen school system. Given this track record, perhaps one of the questions the community might throw out is does the Board truly believe that great candidates can come to the district from the outside. If you have questions about the superintendent search or comments to make about the process, please forward your emails to members' addresses as on the website. Present Superintendent Terri Sinatra asked that the public take advantage of this opportunity to be part of the ongoing conversation about the future of our school district.

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