Superintendent Search Nearing Public Phase

January 27, 2023

The search committee for a new superintendent of schools in Bedford expects to share details of its timetable for interviews with finalists within the next two weeks.

According to Brad Morrison, School Committee chair, the 16-member screening committee “is working through the confidential process of reviewing and interviewing candidates with an eye toward selecting a set of finalists.”

Current Superintendent Philip Conrad has announced his retirement, effective June 30.

Morrison, who is also chair of the search committee, said in an email, “Finalists will visit the district, and members of the community will have opportunities to interact with them. We are in the process of setting a schedule for those steps to happen.”

Morrison said the process doesn’t permit him to say how many applications the committee has received.

He briefed the School Committee at Tuesday’s regular meeting on the upcoming process. “We need to generate a standard list of questions and distribute them among ourselves.”

Glenn Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, is serving as professional consultant to the search panel. Morrison said Koocher will be the clearinghouse for committee members’ questions, and also will share the screening committee’s questions, “some of which may be worth asking again.”

School Committee member Dan Brosgol requested that the final round of questions from the last superintendent search in 2020 be resurrected.

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