Cape Elizabeth School Board hopes to pick school chief semifinalists

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CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board will again evaluate applicants after reopening the search for a superintendent of schools last month.

Chairwoman Mary Townsend said the search closed Monday, April 25, and while she wouldn’t say how many people applied, she said there were more applicants this time around.

The initial 15 applications were evaluated in March, and five semifinalists were selected. But after conducting interviews, the board decided to reopen the search.

“We were fortunate to get another strong pool of of applicants,” she said. “We feel good about the people who have applied.”

Former Superintendent of Schools Alan Hawkins retired at the end of December, and worked as a consultant through April 15. Interim Superintendent of Schools Ken Murphy, the former school chief in Yarmouth, has been the interim superintendent.

Townsend said the former Credential Review Committee, formed to review applications, screen candidates and make a recommendation to the board, will rate the newest batch of candidates over the weekend. The panel includes representatives from the School Board and Town Council, teachers, administrators and residents.

The committee will present its recommendation to the board Monday and the board will meet Tuesday, May 3, to select semifinalists. Townsend said the board will interview candidates late next week.

“It’s hard to believe we are going through this again, but we made the right decision to reopen the search,” she said. “We want the candidate to fit with the district and have the attributes our community deems important.”

After reviewing the semifinalists, Townsend said the finalists will be selected and invited to participate in a detailed interviews. They will meet with Murphy, school principals and Town Manager Mike McGovern, and tour the facilities.

Depending on the applicant’s situation, the new superintendent is expected to begin working on July 1, Townsend said.

Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.

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