What’s Happening On May 17 & May 18 With The School Committee?


The Regional School Committee meets in open emergency session on May 16,2023 to consider the appointment of an acting superintendent and to hear public comment on discrimination at the Middle School. Ben Herrington, far left. Photo: YouTube, screen shot

Jennifer Shiao’s School Committee Blog

At last night’s (5/16) joint meeting of the Regional School Committee (RSC) and the Union 26 Committee* the bodies jointly decided the following:

We identified eight people as potential candidates for the acting superintendent position. The person in this position will fill in as superintendent while Dr. Morris is on medical leave. These eight people each had at least one committee member “nominate” them for the position:

  • Trevor Baptiste
  • Faye Brady
  • Mary Custard
  • Mikki Gromacki
  • Marta Guevara
  • Susan Hollins
  • Doreen Reid
  • Douglas Slaughter

Today, Wednesday May 17, each of these folks was contacted by the RSC and Union 26 chairs and asked to confirm their interest in the role (or not), and provide a CV and a written statement of interest, with a deadline of 5:00 p.m. today.

After 5:00 p.m. today (possibly Thursday morning), the list of candidates who have expressed interest will be published, along with their CV and statement. Members of the public will be asked to send input and feedback via email.

If you are an ARPS family, keep an eye on your email for this message from the chairs. I will do my best to post here when the list is published.

THEN on Thursday, May 18 at 7:30 PM there will be another joint meeting open to the public to discuss the remaining candidates and vote to appoint one as acting superintendent. It is the intention of the committees to vote on Thursday, and not delay this any further.

TO SUM UP: The final list of candidates for the acting superintendent role will be published by Thursday morning. On Thursday evening the school committees plan to appoint one individual to the role.

* The Regional School Committee and the Union 26 Committee (made up of three representatives from Amherst and three from Pelham) make decisions about the superintendent role.

This blog reflects my own views about the Amherst and Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committees – it does not represent the view of the committees, the district, or the superintendent. This blog complies with Open Meeting Law, as long as a quorum of School Committee members do not engage in deliberations in the comments. Comments are welcome. I may respond to comments, but I will not respond to all comments. Sign up here using the “follow blog via email” form to be notified when I post a new entry.  You can email me at jennifer@jenniferamherst.org.

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