We’re invited! The official invitation is reproduced here:
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS
INVITATION TO MEET
To all Hampstead and Timberlane Community Members:
The Superintendent Search Screening Committee has completed their task of interviewing candidates and has forwarded the names of three individuals to the SAU School Board for second interviews and consideration in filling the vacancy of the Superintendent of Schools’ position. The SAU 55 School Board would like to invite members of the Timberlane and Hampstead communities to meet each of the three candidates by way of a meet and greet/question and answer session to be held on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at the Timberlane Regional High School, 36 Greenough Road, Plaistow, NH. The session will begin at 6:00 pm and will allot 30 minutes for each of the candidates.
The SAU Board values the participation of the public in this initiative and hopes many will take advantage of this opportunity.
Michael Mascola, Chairman
School Administrative Unit No. 55 (I’ve retracted Mr. Mascola’s email address for courtesy)
So, we will get the chance to meet the unnamed candidates! Not only that but, “The SAU Board values the participation of the public in this initiative and hopes many will take advantage of this opportunity,” which is no doubt why this invitation was found on a parents’ online discussion board, posted on July 26th, and nowhere on the SAU website or Timberlane’s website – or at least not anywhere a person familiar with both sites can locate. Perhaps more publicity is coming.
One thing I’m willing to reckon is that more publicity will not be forthcoming about the contract terms being offered these three candidates: Phyllis Hill, Winfried Feneberg (current interim superintendent), and Earl Metzler. I suspect this is because the taxpayer’s treasury is wide open, gold coins spilling from it in glittering enticement and contract terms so fluid that a strong-headed lawyer employed by the candidate won’t even need a ShamWow.
To his credit, SAU board member and contract committee member Peter Bealo had long ago made public Mr. LaSalle’s contract on his own private website. This contract, which is a must read for any parent and taxpayer in the district, was difficult to find on the SAU website until recently when the contract committee posted it in their superintendent search information. I believe Mr. Bealo and a few other board members are committed to transparency. The trouble is that they are outnumbered by elected members who give every appearance of believing the contract is the board’s business only when in fact it is the business of every member of this district.
How bad could contract terms possibly be? I’ll start with a LIFETIME medical retiree supplement of $1,650per year.* That’s right, $1,650 until DEATH. The Assistant Superintendent’s contract has the same ’till death do us part terms. For more outrageous details, see my June 16th posting below: “Want to be Dissatisfied with Your Job? Read the Superintendent’s Contract.” But as I’ve said before, what is missing from these contracts is more disturbing than what’s in them – no performance/educational outcome requirements, no defined way of terminating the contract without paying punishing penalties, and so on. It’s your basic nightmare, and one that could be repeated if parents and taxpayers don’t take an interest in this issue and demand the contract be made public before it is approved by the SAU board. We should at least be entitled to know what terms are negotiable and which ones are not and what the SAU plans to do to advance the educational outcomes of our district through this leadership decision. This should be a golden opportunity for us, not a gold give away for the lucky candidate.
Parents’ online discussion board: http://timberlaneschools.forumsland.com/timberlaneschools-about423.html
Superintendent contract comparisons (selection of districts requires some scrutiny… many in need of improvement):https://public.timberlane.net/sau/board/Shared%20Documents/SUPERINTENDENT%20SEARCH%202012/SUPERINTENDENT%20CONTRACTS/CONTRACT%20COMPARISON%20SPREADSHEET.pdf
*CLARIFICATION: Information provided in the contract comparison spreadsheet provided by the contract committee was incomplete. Thanks to Mr. Bealo, we now know this benefit kicks in with ten years of SAU service; furthermore, this benefit is part of an SAU contract, something in addition to the superintendent’s and assistant superintendent’s contracts. See my posting “Clarification to Superintendent’s Lifetime Benefit.”