AYER/SHIRLEY -- A newly formed committee tasked with finding the next Ayer-Shirley Regional School District superintendent will be formally charged with its duties on Feb. 25.

The 13-person committee consists of administrators, teachers, parents, community members from both towns and a high school student.

After the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) narrows down the number of superintendent applicants to eight to 10 semifinalists, the search committee will conduct semifinalist interviews each day, March 3 through March 6, between 5:45 and 9:45 p.m. Those interviews will be in closed session, but the School Committee's interviews with the finalists will be open to the public.

The MASC will help to arrange School Committee members' site visits to the finalists' schools, after which time final interviews by the School Committee are expected take place the last week of March.

School staff representatives on the search committee are: office representative Mary Beth Hamel, ASRSD assistant superintendent; building principal representative Roberta Aikey, Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School assistant principal; teacher representatives Margaret (Meg) Saucier, Page Hilltop Elementary special-education (occupational therapy) teacher, Shannon Bischoff, Lura A. White Elementary School counselor, Anne Stahl, Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School 21st century skills teacher and Peter Gubellini, Ayer-Shirley Regional High School social studies teacher.


Parent representatives on the committee are, from Page Hilltop, Allan Peterson, Ayer resident; from Lura A White, Mitch Kahn, Shirley resident; from Ayer-Shirley Regional Middle School, Maureen Kilcommins, Ayer resident; and, from Ayer-Shirley Regional High School, Jennifer Martinez, Shirley resident.

Community representatives are Jonathan Deforge of Shirley and Joseph Leone of Ayer. The student representative is Ayer-Shirley Regional High School junior Megan Krueger.