AYER/SHIRLEY -- The Ayer-Shirley Regional School Committee announced Tuesday night that the final make-up of the school district superintendent search committee will be determined by this Friday, with the formal announcement to come the following Monday.

Current ASRSD Superintendent Carl Mock will not be renewing his contract, which expires on June 30.

At the committee's previous meeting, Massachusetts Association of School Committees Field Director for Information and Technology Michael Gilbert had reported the results of the Ayer-Shirley superintendent survey and focus groups.

At the time, Gilbert said that the focus groups, which consisted of administrators, staff, parents and community members, had included a good cross-section of the towns and the school community.

More than 200 individuals took the survey, 64 percent of whom are parents in the district, and 20 percent of whom are district staff. Including the focus groups, Gilbert said, the respondents were about half community members, and half school staff.

Based upon the responses, Gilbert's final recommendation to the committee for the top 10 criteria to be used for screening candidates for the position were: strong leadership skills, excellent communication skills, success in improving and maintaining high academic performance, experience with the development and implementation of curriculum, and skills in budget development and implementation.


Also in the top 10 were: experience with building construction and facilities management, understanding and support for the role of technology in education, success in recruitment and retention of high quality staff, understanding and recognizing successful teaching, and excellent community-relations skills.

Those criteria and other information, including background information on the two towns, are stated in advertisements and a brochure for the position.

The School Committee voted to charge the search committee with coming up with three to five finalists for the position. That charge will be relayed to the search committee during its first meeting on Feb. 25 with Gilbert and School Committee Chair Pat Kelly.

The search committee will develop questions for the candidates, and conduct interviews each day, March 3 through March 6, between 5:45 and 9:45 p.m.

The search committee will be made up of one community member from each town, one central office administrator, one teacher or paraprofessional from each building, one principal or assistant principal, one high-school student, and one parent from each school building.

The MASC is compiling the initial group of superintendent applicants and will bring eight to 10 semifinalists to the 13-member search committee. The search committee will then bring the three to five finalists to the School Committee, for which the MASC will schedule site visits.

Final interviews of the finalists are expected to take place the last week of March.