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HARVARD — The search for the new special-education director has come to a close.

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Jefferson, Ed.D., made the recommendation to the School Committee after interviewing four candidates and hosting public hearings over the past month.

“I’m pleased to recommend Pamela DeGregorio,” Jefferson said at the May 27 School Committee meeting. “Pam, as well as the other candidates, presented very well during the process. I was very pleased with the overall pool of candidates. Pam was thought of very well in both the sessions. It’s with great pride and enthusiasm I recommend Pam.”

Committee member Keith Cheveralls questioned what Jefferson was requesting the committee to vote on.

“Where is her contract?” he asked. “Are we voting on her contract or just the appointment?”

The contract hasn’t gone into negotiations, said Jefferson. He said he’s asking the committee to simply vote on the appointment so he can formally offer the position to DeGregorio.

Cheveralls then questioned what will happen if something comes up in the contract the committee doesn’t support.

It’s up to the committee to trust that Jefferson will extend the proper contract, said committee member Willie Wickman.

“But this is our responsibility to hire this position,” said Cheveralls. “I’m happy to endorse the appointment, but I want to see the contract first.”

Though he doesn’t expect there to be a problem with the contract, Cheveralls said it’s the responsibility of the School Committee to review the contract before it’s extended to DeGregorio.

Wickman made a motion for the School Committee to appoint DeGregorio as the new special-education director pending the approval of her contract. The committee unanimously approved the appointment.

“I’m absolutely thrilled,” DeGregorio said over the phone. “It’s a wonderful community. There’s a wonderful (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) in place, and I can’t wait to work with them.”

Pending the contract approval, DeGregorio would begin her new position Aug. 1.

“The Harvard School District is fantastic,” she said. “It’s in great shape already, and I’m really thrilled with the opportunity.”

DeGregorio has been working in Greenfield public schools since 1983. She was a middle-school special-education teacher for 20 years and served as a team leader for three years before becoming the director of student services in 2006. She holds degrees from Cambridge College in Northampton, Westfield State College and Rider College in New Jersey.

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