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Board of Ed to Vote on New Superintendent

The Board of Education at its April 2 meeting will vote on hiring a permanent superintendent of schools.

Candice Savin, chair, and other board members disclosed in an email today that a candidate has been agreed upon and will be subject to the vote at the meeting, to be held electronically.

David Abbey has served as an interim superintendent since May 2019 following the departure of Colleen Palmer for medical reasons.

Their email to parents also laid out a calendar for the board, which will meet electronically at 7 p.m. today.

At tonight’s meeting, the board will discuss the school calendar and specifically whether to convert the April break into school days.

“We will be meeting via Zoom and it will be televised and streamed as usual,” the email said. “We will take public comment via Googledoc and will post the link in advance of the meeting.”

The email said on April 1 the Board of Finance will meet to vote on the 2020-2021 fiscal year school budget request.

In addition to a vote on a new superintendent, the April 2 agenda will include s response to the Board of Finance’s budget decision, an update on remote learning, an update from the CMS Building Committee, and an update on plans for a before school program to accommodate the agreed upon shift to later start times.

The board email included praise for teachers and administrators who it said “reinvented educational delivery for our children essentially overnight” following the abrupt March 11 closure of schools because of the COVID-19 virus.

“We know that distance learning can never replicate what we do in school, but we are working with our administration and faculty to continually improve our practice,” the board said.

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