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The Region 1 Board of Education and the All Board Chairmen Committee will serve as the initial search committee for a successor to former Region 1 Assistant Superintendent Diane Goncalves. According to the minutes of its Dec. 18 meeting, Region 1 board Chairman Andrea L. Downs cast the lone opposing vote on the motion. Downs had said at a Dec. 10 meeting that the search committee should be expanded, saying: “I don’t think it would serve us well to not include the community members on the search committee.”
Mary Broderick, a consultant with the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education who normally conducts superintendent searches, has been hired to oversee the process.
During earlier discussions, members talked about whether the position should be another assistant superintendent or a director of instruction, which the region has had during periods in the past.
Jonathan Moore, Kent’s representative to the Region 1 board, and Salisbury’s Jennifer Weigel are chairing the search process.
Moore announced at a Dec. 5 meeting that the superintendent’s retirement is likely imminent and that the board should consider hiring someone who would come on board as assistant superintendent and then move to fill the superintendent’s vacancy when that occurs. Superintendent Chamberlain’s current contract runs through June 30, 2016.
She is now serving in both capacities and will do so until the end of this school year.
Moore, when promoting the hiring of Broderick, said she usually conducts superintendent searches, “but we have a potential future superintendent (opening) here.”