Mass. agency likely to recruit next Scarborough school chief

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SCARBOROUGH — The School Board plans to hire the New England School Development Council to help search for a new superintendent of schools. 

A formal contract has not yet been signed because the board is waiting for a formal proposal and estimate from NESDC, Chairwoman Donna Beeley said Tuesday. The materials are expected by the first week of January.

Beeley said the board will likely vote on the proposal at the next regularly scheduled meeting, Thursday, Jan. 7, when NESDC will make a public presentation about the search process.

NESDC, based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, and founded in 1946, is a private, not-for-profit educational organization that works with more than 300 affiliate school districts, according to a release from the board. 

During the 2010-2011 school year, the district worked with NESDC to hire Superintendent of Schools Dr. George Entwistle III, who earlier this month announced he will retire effective June 30, 2016.

Entwistle, 61, said he made the announcement in a “deliberate effort to let the board know of my intent to retire … so that they could get going quickly” and mobilize a search process to find his replacement.

Entwistle, a Cape Elizabeth native, was previously superintendent of the Falmouth School Department, assistant superintendent in School Administrative District 28 in Camden and superintendent of Belmont Public Schools in Massachusetts.

In a Dec. 4 press release, Beeley said Entwistle has provided “outstanding leadership to Scarborough schools for the past five years.”

“He’s led the work of engaging our whole community in an effort to reflect on their work, engage in small learning communities and utilize well-recognized professional data and analysis to guide improvement in teaching and learning,” she said.

Last week, Beeley said the district was excited “to join with NESDC in an effort to seek a highly qualified superintendent who will continue the great work that has been happening in Scarborough Schools for the past five years.” 

“NESDC has an outstanding capacity to network and recruit highly qualified individuals,” she said. “They have a proven track record of selecting successful candidates to serve New England schools.”

A schedule for the search process has yet to be determined, Beeley said. 

Alex Acquisto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @AcquistoA


South Portland and Scarborough reporter for The Forecaster. Graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Alex can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106.