The Gateway Regional School Committee is undertaking a search for a superintendent to replace Dr. Hopson who is retiring during the summer of 2021. The committee has opted to undertake the search itself rather than hire a consulting firm. As a first step, the committee has assigned the preliminary tasks to the superintendent search subcommittee (previously the superintendent evaluation subcommittee).
The school committee will be undertaking a number of steps in the search process, involving the school community and the general community in the process of identifying attributes and qualifications for the new superintendent. As allowed by law, the committee will be posting information on these steps to the public.
Any questions should be directed to Michele Crane, chairperson of the Gateway School Committee.
School Committee Interviews: The school committee will meet on March 24th and March 31st, from 6 to 9 each evening, to interview the finalists. At that time they will have available all of the finalists' applications, results of reference checks, the recordings of the forums, and the compiled information gathered from surveys of the attendees of each forum.
Superintendent Finalists Public Forums: The four finalists for the superintendent's position will visit the district in the second and third weeks of March. Each candidate's visit will include a tour of the district, an opportunity to meet with central office staff, technology staff, and administrative staff before participating in two staff forums (a combination of in-person and remote attendance) in the afternoon and two remote community forums during the evening. The forums will offer each candidate an opportunity for an opening statement, a chance to answer a short series of common questions, and a chance for the audience to ask additional questions. Each forum will be recorded so that the school committee members may review the interactions and each forum participant will have the opportunity to complete an online survey about the candidates. The survey results will be compiled and provided to the school committee and will be completely anonymous. The public forum dates and times with the appropriate links are listed below.
Monday, March 8th at 6 pm; - meet.google.com/bwn-qudu-tue
Monday, March 8th at 7:30 pm; Parents and Students - meet.google.com/mkz-wsxx-yfq
Thursday, March 11th at 6 pm; Town Officials and Community Members - meet.google.com/kkr-yquu-rvr
Thursday, March 11th at 7:30 pm; Parents and Students - meet.google.com/wyk-ceir-dts
Monday, March 15th at 6 pm; Town Officials and Community Members - meet.google.com/zwx-fjvz-gnj
Monday, March 15th at 7:30 pm; Parents and Students - meet.google.com/cyn-kgie-dur
Thursday, March 18th at 6 pm; Town Officials and Community Members - meet.google.com/rmy-acfw-nhy
Thursday, March 18th at 7:30 pm; Parents and Students - meet.google.com/ckv-jtaa-cku
Preliminary Search Results
The superintendent search committee (a group of 6 school committee members) reviewed 22 applications and narrowed the list of finalists to four individuals:
Gina E Flanagan - West Suffield, CT, Principal East Longmeadow High School (2020), currently attending Harvard's School Leadership & Management Program
William Bazyk - Manchester, VT, Superintendent, Battenkill Valley Supervisory Union
Kristen Smidy - Westfield, MA, Principal, Hampshire Regional
Kurt Garivaltis - Pittsfield, MA, Pupil Services Director, Gateway Regional