School Superintendent Search Accelerating

December 8, 2022

The search for a new superintendent of Bedford schools is about to shift into high gear.

School Committee Chair Brad Morrison said at Tuesday night’s meeting that a brochure announcing the position is about to be distributed through standard channels for the position, such as the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

The announcement is an updated version of the information used for the most recent search three years ago. Current Superintendent Philip Conrad was the choice culminating that process. Conrad several weeks ago announced he will retire at the close of the fiscal year.

Morrison, his School Committee colleague Sarah Scoville, and Conrad comprise a search committee that has met several times. 

“There are ways people can be involved and help shape the search and the selection,” Morrison said Tuesday:

  • A screening committee, which will comprise community members as well as teachers and administrators. Morrison will be choosing the citizen participants from those who apply. Details are at https://forms.gle/yEtZi32vLctozKZR6.
  • A survey, featuring questions about important issues affecting the schools. Morrison said the survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete; the survey is designed for the greater community. The link is https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Bedford2023a.
  • Focus groups, which could begin as soon as the end of next week. They will be scheduled for various stakeholders, including two for the broad community. The conversations will be facilitated by Glenn Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

Details will be posted on the Superintendent Search section of the website, http://www.bedfordps.org/district/school-committee/pages/superintendent-search-2022-2023.

The brochure is also linked on the web page. The introduction begins, “The successful candidate is committed to ensuring each student finds their voice, passion, and talent in order to grow intellectually and achieve academically to the top of the student’s ability. The candidate has demonstrated the ability to identify student needs and provide necessary intervention and support to ensure success across all student populations.”

Other criteria include: “The ideal candidate has experience creating and implementing a District-wide strategic plan, including the development and management of operating and capital budgets aligned with that plan. The Superintendent is a leader and mentor to staff, with a demonstrated history of promoting teacher innovation and creating a collaborative environment which provides students with skills for lifelong learning.”

The brochure also has brief sections on the district’s mission statement, key priorities, and programming, as well as on the student body and the Bedford community.

Morrison said the search committee’s timetable calls for screening committee interviews early in January, culminating with a “short list” delivered to the School Committee. He said interviews, open to the community, would take place in February according to the timeline.

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