SHIRLEY - The Ayer Shirley Regional School Committee announced Tuesday night that the final makeup of the Superintendent Search Committee will be determined by today, with a formal announcement to come Monday.

Current Superintendent of Schools Carl Mock will not renew his contract, which expires June 30.

At the committee's previous meeting, Michael Gilbert, field director of information and technology for the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, had reported the results of the Ayer-Shirley superintendent survey and focus groups.

At the time, Gilbert said 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 comprised about half community members and half district staff.

Based on the total responses, Gilbert's final recommendation to the committee for the top 10 criteria to be used for screening candidates are: strong leadership skills; excellent communication skills; success in improving and maintaining high academic performance; experience with the development and implementation of curriculum; skills in budget development and implementation; experience with building construction and facilities management; understanding and support for the role of technology in education; success in recruitment and retention of highquality staff; understanding and recognizing successful teaching; and excellent community-relations skills.


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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 3-5 finalists for the position. That charge will be relayed to the search committee during its first meeting with Gilbert and School Committee Chairman Pat Kelly, set for Feb. 25.

The search committee will develop questions for the candidates and conduct interviews each day, from March 3 to 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.

District parents and members of the community without children in the school district were asked through emails and press releases to submit letters of interest to the School Committee.

Kelly said the committee had received letters of application to serve from two Ayer residents, one Shirley resident and parents from all four schools. One person from each community and one parent from each school building were to be selected at random.