Published: 08/16/2021 14:32:26
NORTHFIELD — The Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Board will be interviewing several candidates for the positions of business manager and acting superintendent this week.
Members of the school committee have scheduled interviews for candidates for the position of business manager starting at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday and candidates for the position of acting superintendent starting at 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Committee chair Julie Burke said there is a possibility the committee will commit to hiring after conducting its interviews.
“It would be wonderful if we could choose, but of course we’ll do our due diligence to make sure we make the right choice,” Burke said.
According to Burke, a candidate who previously interviewed the school committee for the position of business manager on July 29 has since withdrawn her candidacy. Three new candidates have since applied, she said, and will appear before the committee on Wednesday.
The school committee has also scheduled interviews Thursday with candidates interested in the position of acting superintendent, following the resignation of Jonathan Scagel. At the committee’s last meeting, Burke told fellow members that the Massachusetts Association of School Committees reviewed nine applications and made recommendations to the Pioneer School Committee to nominate selected candidates for interviews. An acting superintendent search subcommittee will meet on Tuesday to review potential interview questions and the process.
Burke said she was notified Aug. 13 that one of the recommended candidates, Dr. Frank Tiano, had accepted a position elsewhere. That leaves the two remaining candidates, Patricia Kinsella and Carole Learned-Miller, up for an interview with the school board for the position of acting superintendent. The committee plans to hire for a one-year term, with the possibility of extending the position.
“They’ve met the qualifications on the job posting, so I think we’re providing candidates who are potentially a great fit for the district,” Burke said of all of the candidates.
In the meantime, the school committee has asked the director of special education, Christie Fontaine, to serve as acting superintendent for the responsibilities necessary to assume as the school year approaches. Fontaine accepted the position at the August 12 school committee meeting and will receive a $500-a-week stipend until an acting superintendent is hired.
Zack DeLuca can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4579.