• March 18 Update

    Posted by Superintendent Search Team on 3/18/2020 4:30:00 PM

    In the fall of 2019, shortly after the unexpected resignation of Superintendent Andrew Bott, the Brookline School Committee appointed four members of the School Committee to a Superintendent Search Committee (the “SSC”) to conduct a search for a new Superintendent of Schools.  

    As part of the search process, the SSC organized numerous community focus groups, a community-wide survey and other activities in order to obtain feedback as to the characteristics and experience that the Brookline community felt the next Superintendent should possess.  In addition, the SSC selected 14 individuals to serve, along with the SSC, on a Superintendent Search Public Advisory Committee (the “SSPAC”) to review candidate credentials, conduct candidate interviews and recommend finalists. The SSPAC was an incredibly diverse group that included parents of current and former students, educators, alumni, a principal, the Director of Human Resources for the Public Schools of Brookline, and a current Brookline High School student.     

    Twenty-two candidates applied for the position of Superintendent.  While the candidate pool included many talented candidates from diverse backgrounds and having impressive credentials, the SSPAC and the SSC have unanimously determined that it would be in the best interest of the Public Schools of Brookline to suspend the Superintendent search and reopen it in the fall of 2020 with the intention of having a new Superintendent in place at the beginning of the 2021-22 academic year.     

    While the SSPAC regrets that this winter’s efforts did not result in the hiring of a new Superintendent, the SSPAC felt that suspending the search until the fall would give the PSB sufficient time to refine the search strategy in a manner that will give the Public Schools of Brookline the best chance of attracting the strongest possible candidate pool.

    In the coming weeks, the School Committee will discuss plans for the hiring of an Interim Superintendent for the 2020-21 academic year, as well as initial plans for the reopening of the search for a permanent Superintendent.

     

    On behalf of the Brookline School Committee, I would like to thank the members of the SSPAC and the Brookline community for their extensive involvement in the recent search.  

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  • January 3 Update

    Posted by Superintendent Search Team on 1/3/2020

    As you are aware, the Brookline School Committee recently launched a national search for the next Superintendent of Schools. The New England School Development Council (NESDEC), the search firm selected by the School Committee to assist in the process, would like to get your feedback on the qualities, skills, and attributes you believe are necessary to be an effective Superintendent. Your responses will be used to create a Leadership Profile to help the Search Committee and Public Advisory Committee review and select potential candidates to interview.

    Please click on the link to access the survey (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DD89G89). Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and anonymous. The survey will close on Wednesday, January 15 at 12:00 p.m.

    You may also provide input and feedback through Community Focus Groups hosted by the NESDEC. These sessions will begin next week and are open to all members of the community:

    Schedule of Community Focus Groups for Superintendent Search (As of January 3, 2020)

    Date

    Location

    Time

    Tuesday, January 7

    High Street Veterans Community Room, 226 High Street

    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Tuesday, January 14

    Town Hall, 5th Floor, School Committee Room, 333 Washington Street

    9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

    Wednesday, January 15

    Putterham Library Meeting Room, 959 West Roxbury Parkway

    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

    Thursday, January 16

    Coolidge Corner School Multi-Purpose Room, 345 Harvard Street

    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 


    For more information on the Community Focus Groups, please see the attached documents or visit
    www.brookline.k12.ma.us/supersearch. If you have any questions or comments, please contact superintendentsearch@psbma.org.


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  • December 20 Update

    Posted by Superintendent Search Team on 12/20/2019

    In December 2019, the Brookline School Committee launched a national search for the next superintendent of Schools with the support of the Superintendent Search Public Advisory Committee and NESDEC (New England School Development Council), the search firm selected by the School Committee to assist in the search process. Recruitment of candidates is actively underway with the goal of selecting a new Superintendent by the end of March to assume leadership of the school district in July 2020.


    The School Committee is committed to the full involvement of the education and general community in the search process. Your voice is important and valued and there will be several ways to be involved throughout the process.

     

    Superintendent Leadership Profile Community Focus Groups

    All community members are invited and encouraged to participate in one of the Superintendent Leadership Profile Focus Groups that will be conducted during the weeks of January 6th and January 13th. These focus groups are open to all members of the community and will be led by NESDEC staff.

     

    (Everyone is welcome to attend; please note that separate focus groups have been scheduled for educators, staff, BHS students, and Parent Leaders.)

     

    The purpose of these focus groups is to get input on the type of person and leader we want as our next superintendent. Members of the community will also be able to provide input through an online survey that will be launched in early January. The input gathered at these sessions and through the survey will help create a Leadership Profile to be utilized by the Superintendent Search Public Advisory Committee in reviewing and selecting candidates to interview.

     

    Schedule of Community Focus Groups for Superintendent Search
    (As of December 20, 2019)

    Date Location Time
    Tuesday, January 7 High Street Veterans Community Room, 226 High Street 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Tuesday, January 14 Town Hall, 5th Floor, School Committee Room, 333 Washington Street 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    Wednesday, January 15

    Putterham Library Meeting Room, 959 West Roxbury Parkway

     7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    Thursday, January 16

    Coolidge Corner School Multi-Purpose Room, 345 Harvard Street

    7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 

     

    Further updates on the Superintendent Search Process, including future opportunities for community involvement will be posted here. Please send any comments to superintendentsearch@psbma.org.

     


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  • November 18 Update

    Posted by Superintendent Search Team on 11/18/2019
    The Public Schools of Brookline’s Superintendent Search Committee is seeking volunteers to serve on a committee that will assist the Search Committee in selecting the next Superintendent of the Public Schools of Brookline.

    The SSPAC’s work will include assisting in the development of district goals for the hiring of a new superintendent, reviewing candidate resumes, participating in candidate interviews and recommending potential finalist candidates to the Search Committee.

    The Search Committee anticipates that the SSPAC may meet at least once a week during the months of January and February 2020 (and possibly once or twice in December of 2019) for approximately 2 hours per meeting. The SSPAC will be subject to the Massachusetts open meeting and ethics laws (including, without limitation, the laws pertaining to the confidentiality of executive sessions).

    The application process for the SSPAC is open to residents of Brookline as well as non-residents who have a substantial connection to the Public Schools of Brookline. Anyone interested in serving on the SSPAC can apply by preparing a letter that includes:

    1. Your name, home address, email address and phone number;
    2. An explanation as to why you are interested in serving on the SSPAC; and
    3. Any particular skills or experiences that you have that may be beneficial to the Superintendent search process.

    Applicants may include a resume or curriculum vitae with their application. Applicants are encouraged to include any information about any affiliation they may have with any organization or group that works, partners or is associated with the Public Schools of Brookline or any other education-related organizations in their application letter.

    Applicants may send application letters by email to Robin Coyne at robin_coyne@psbma.org, or deliver application letters by hand or mail to:

    Robin Coyne
    Brookline School Committee
    333 Washington Street, 5th Floor
    Brookline, MA 02445

    Application letters must be received by 4 p.m. on December 5, 2019.

    The Superintendent Search Committee anticipates appointing between 10 and 20 members to serve on the SSPACC.

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