Cape committee forms to screen school chief applicants

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board has formed an 11-member committee to help screen superintendent of schools applicants.

The board must replace former Superintendent Alan Hawkins, who retired at the end of December. Ken Murphy, the former superintendent of schools in Yarmouth, is the interim superintendent.

The Credentials Review Committee is comprised of representatives from the School Board and Town Council, teachers, administrators and residents. It will help review applications, screen candidates and offer a recommendation to the School Board on the top candidates.

Members are School Board Chairwoman Mary Townsend and member Michael Moore; Sara Lennon, vice chairwoman of the Town Council; high school Principal Jeff Shedd and Instructional Support Director Dominic DePatsy; teachers Dwight Ely and Lynn Spadinger, and residents Sandi Sinclair, Loralee Shaedel, Bill Marshall and Gail Rice.

With the help of consultant Jackie Roy of Massachusetts-based J.A. Roy & Associates, the advisory committee will meet Saturday, March 5, to review and provide feedback to the board about the applicants. Members of the committee are required to complete a confidentiality training prior to the screening and sign a confidentiality agreement.

The committee is expected to present its findings to the board the week of March 7.  Top candidates will be invited to interview for the position by the middle of March.

According to Townsend, the panel will disband after it completes its work.

In other business, the board on Tuesday approved the replacement of the boiler at the high school at a cost of up to $350,000.

Murphy said the board will discuss financing options in an upcoming meeting.

The Town Council is expected to discuss the boiler financing options at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at Town Hall.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or