In Support of School Committee Hiring Process

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Dear Editor,

Last week the Hopkinton School Committee selected Cathy MacLeod to serve the citizens of Hopkinton as the next Superintendent of Schools. Their decision followed a very thorough process I was pleased to participate in, along with several other Hopkinton residents, as a member of the Superintendent Search Committee.

The Superintendent Search Committee reviewed dozens of resumes, pared the list of candidates down to those that met specific qualifications articulated by the community, interviewed each of the semi-finalists over several nights, scored those interviews numerically, and finally, voted a slate of candidates to move forward to the School Committee. Thereafter, the School Committee conducted further interviews, conducted background searches, checked references, visited each of the candidates’ current districts and sought additional public input on the finalists. The slate of finalists were top notch people with very bright futures ahead of them. Selecting just one individual was not an easy task! The deliberations last week by the School Committee to reach a final decision were done in public and were the culmination of a highly professional process.

I congratulate the Hopkinton School Committee for their thoughtful and thorough hiring process. Please join me in thanking them for their dedication to our community.

Brian Herr