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Welcome to the Brunswick School Department
The Brunswick School Department consists of two elementary schools, a junior high school, and a high school, providing public education for the town of Brunswick. For more information on our schools, please visit the SCHOOLS dropdown menu above.
We are reopening this position with a new start date of July 1, 2017. We will be accepting applications until December 22 and will conduct application screening and interviews by late January/early February and site visits and a community forum at HBS by early March, with the goal of nominating a final candidate for school board approval before April. John Paige will continue in the role of interim principal through December 22, or until another interim principal is appointed to finish out the 2016-17 school year. A search committee is presently under development, to include the same school board and community representatives who participated in the first round and new staff representatives (each team at HBS is using an equitable process to identify representatives to serve on this committee).
We will provide updates as the process moves forward.
Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Harriet Beecher Stowe School: 44 McKeen Street
ALL ARE WELCOME!
Screening and Preliminary Interviews:
Twelve of the 18-member search Committee scored a large number of impressive applications for this position, and six members used the total scores to select a pool of candidates for the first round of interviews. The interview team will select finalists, who will be invited to participate in a site visit at HBS School on Monday, September 12th.
Site Visits and Community Forum:
Finalists will be invited to tour HBS, observe classes, and engage in information discussion with staff and students on Monday, September 12th. Monday evening, September 12th, the finalist candidates will make brief presentations to community members and staff (everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend), and then will engage in a question and answer session. Staff and Community Members will be asked to provide warm and cool feedback on each finalist (input forms will be provided at the event). Event will take place 6:00-7:30 pm.
Search Committee final recommendation:
The search committee will reconvene to collate community input into themes, and will use this information in conjunction with everything else they have learned about the candidates to make a final recommendation to the superintendent.
As a reminder, our advertisement for this position articulates the priorities identified by the Brunswick community, HBS School Staff, and BSD as a whole:
Brunswick School Department is seeking a visionary school principal to lead Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School, which serves students in grades 2-5. Our ideal candidate will have demonstrated exceptional capacity for developing and sustaining positive school culture and for fostering student achievement, staff empowerment, and overall organizational health. This dynamic educational leader will prioritize and promote professional teamwork, trustful communication, community involvement, and innovation, as critical supports for the unwavering goal of student wellbeing. Thorough knowledge of and experience with emerging best practices for impacting academic, social, emotional, and behavioral success are critical, as is an educational philosophy that embraces healthy risk taking and whole child development. This candidate will join a professionally courageous administrative team, prepared to maximize opportunities and to face challenges with relentless enthusiasm, energy, humor, and optimism.
Brunswick School Department
The search committee met on Friday, 8/19 to review and provide feedback into the screening and interviewing process. After reviewing, and committing to, the legal and ethical requirements of confidentiality and equity, the team discussed the importance of this being an inclusive and widely representative process. Because our district has exhaustively gathered information from staff, families, students, and community members throughout the past year, we are in the unique position to ensure that we are screening for qualities that reflect the values and priorities of stakeholders.
We collated data from the following sources to identify the strongest themes and priorities: strategic planning surveys of students, staff, families, and community partners; community forums; school climate surveys; superintendent’s advisory council focus group; interviews with individuals and small groups; school board meetings, public comment and correspondence; HBS configuration study/surveys, staff and community meetings.
The search committee reviewed (and added to) the aptitudes, expertise, and affects that this community seeks in HBS’ new leader (see photo). Search committee members identified additional priorities from the groups whom they represent, and a rubric was developed to evaluate applications based on those qualities.
Application Screening is underway and will continue until 8/29 (deadline for submitting applications is 8/26).
8/30 – applicants prioritized for interviews
9/11 – interviews / selection of finalists
9/12 – site visit at HBS for finalist candidates throughout the school day
9/12 – COMMUNITY FORUM / INTERVIEWS with finalists (all staff, students, families, and community partners invited to participate)
9/13-9/14 – Community feedback collated and assessed / search committee submits all feedback and a recommendation to the superintendent.
9/15-16 – Final interviews with superintendent / selection of candidate
9/22 – Candidate goes before the school board for final approval.
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