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School panel wary of DESE offer

Holyoke process said 'anticlimactic'

February 09, 2010
SOUTHBRIDGE — The School Committee was non-committal toward an offer of state advisory and financial help during the upcoming superintendent search process.

According to Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Lynda Foisy, the state is willing to give Southbridge a non-voting advisor to sit on the still to be formed search committee and to pay part of the cost of hiring a professional search firm. She said the former would likely be Peter Davies, who has been advising Southbridge for approximately two years now, has experience as a principal and owns an educational consulting firm.

"The department is making this offer as assistance. You don't have to take it," Foisy said, later adding, "Ultimately, the decision is yours."

She noted, however, that the DESE commissioner would like the "opportunity to weigh in" with advice when Southbridge gets to the final round of interviews, "either [doing it] himself or appoint[ing] someone to do this."

Committee members, however, were wary, asking questions about how much influence Davies or the DESE leadership might actually have on the process.

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