PERMANENT SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH
In February 2023, Dr. Connolly announced her intent to depart the superintendent role to pursue other opportunities. During the following weeks, the School Committee conducted a search for an interim superintendent, ultimately selecting Dr. Karen (KZ) Zaleski for the role in April. This Fall, the School Committee with substantial help from the community will run a more robust search to identify candidates for a long-term superintendent contract. This page provides information regarding their search effort.
Updates from the Chair and Vice Chair
|October 25th||8:30 am – 12:30 pm||Semi-finalist interviews in confidential executive session.|
|October 27th||9:00 am – 4:00 pm||Semi-finalist interviews in confidential executive session, followed by finalist selection.|
|November 29th||7:00 pm – 9:15 pm||Finalists participate in a structured community forum. To submit questions for the forum, please click here. The survey will close November 21st.|
|December 1st||9:30 am – 3:30 pm, with break||Finalist interviews in public session.|
|Further information can be found in the Superintendent Search Update & Discussion presentation dated November 6, 2023.
|August 1st & 2nd||School Committee held preliminary discussions on search process options and reviewed a draft of the superintendent job description to be published widely, and for a longer duration than the interim job opening.|
|August 21st||School Committee voted to:
|August 30th – September 16th||Collected interest from the community to join the Application Screening and Preliminary Interview Subcommittees using this form.|
|September 5th – October 6th||Job posting opened and broadly publicized with support from MASC. Applications were submitted directly to MASC for collection and were returned to the screening subcommittee in confidence.|
|September 18th||Screening and Preliminary Interview Subcommittee members were announced at the School Committee meeting.|
|October 10th-20th||Screening subcommittee members receive the applications, standard assessment rubric, and then meet in person for a confidential executive session to deliberate and select semi-finalists to be forwarded to the Preliminary Interview Subcommittee.|
|October 25th & 27th||Preliminary Interview Subcommittee conducts semi-finalist interviews in confidential executive session and identifies candidates to recommend for finalist status.|
|October 27th – 30th||Candidates selected as finalist recommendations are notified and agree to be publicly named as potential finalists.|
|November 6th||School Committee receives finalist candidates.|
|November 27th||Finalists are invited to come to Weston and meet our elementary and secondary faculty and central administration.|
|November 29th||Finalists are invited to participate in a structured community Q&A forum during the evening. Community members will be invited to submit questions, which a School Committee member will curate and have a student leader ask the same questions to each candidate.|
|November 30th – December 1st||Finalists are invited to be publically interviewed by the full School Committee, including METCO and SAC representatives.
|December 4th||School Committee votes to select Permanent Superintendent.|
|Mid-December – January 2024||School Committee negotiates and signs a multiyear contract with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024.|