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Erin Smith has an interesting article in the Sun outlining (thanks, JC) the stark difference in numbers of applicants between Greater Lowell Tech’s superintendent search, versus Greater Lawrence’s. Let me be the first to forehead-smack on this one. In the interest of outlining the stupid, let me quote:
“I really don’t know who the candidates are from Lawrence, but I think there may have been a perception that there was an in-house candidate looking to be hired and that may have discouraged some people from applying,” Greater Lowell Tech School Committee member George O’Hare said of his board’s search. O’Hare, of Lowell, heads the subcommittee leading the superintendent search.
I dunno, you THINK??? Head. Near. Exploding.
In December, former Greater Lowell Tech School Committee member Michael Hayden, of Lowell, who lost his re-election bid last fall to Fred Bahou, used his final meeting to ask his colleagues to scrap a nationwide search when Superintendent James Cassin retires and hire Assistant Superintendent/Principal Mary Jo Santoro for the job.
In January, School Committee member Michael Lenzi, of Lowell, told The Sun he thought Santoro was a front-runner to replace the retiring Cassin.
“(Those remarks and press coverage of the search process) may have been a factor. I’ve thought about that, but I don’t know. It’s hard to say why Greater Lawrence got more applications than Greater Lowell,” said O’Hare.
I think we can SAFELY say it was pretty CLEAR that it was futile to put in your serious, qualified, outsider application for this position, especially if there were other openings with REAL candidate searches. OMFG. And about O’Hare:
O’Hare opposed a more inclusive search committee for Greater Lowell Tech. Instead, he formed a four-member panel that did most of its work in executive session. In addition to himself, it includes Lenzi, Steve O’Neill of Tyngsboro and Dracut’s Victor Olson.
Oy. Did NO one learn ANYthing from the overwhelming vote count of Bahou compared to these guys in 2009?? Pathetic.
Please, dear god above in heaven (and yes I am an atheist so you know I am really desperate here) let there be two challengers to take on Mike “it’s hard work, governing” Lenzi and LaFerriere in 2011. Please please. Let’s get a majority of people on the GLTHS Board who aren’t ethically compromised!
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