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Another fumble: SC drops ball on superintendent finalists

24 Mar

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

The Peabody School Committee has selected three finalists as contenders to be our next superintendent, which begs this question:

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Why didn’t the Peabody School Committee pick these guys instead?

What? Where Larry, Moe and Curly not available?

OK, so no intended disrespect to the three fine school administrators who our “brilliant” school committee members chose here following a “Nation Wide Search.” The finalists have excellent public education credentials, and congrats to them on devoting their careers to teaching kids in Somerville, Lynn and Gloucester.

And let’s face it, I wouldn’t complain if someone made me a finalist for a job which — with all benefits included — paid me more than $200K a year of taxpayer money.

But let’s be real here. The majority of this School Committee continues to be the gang that can’t think straight. I mean, considering the importance of this position, considering what it pays, and considering our dire need to finally retire a free-loading, mediocre “Interim Superintendent for Life,” we couldn’t come up with a more noteworthy Final 3?

None of the three has ever been a superintendent before, and with the challenges we face in our schools, the last thing we can afford to do is take a chance on someone who might become rookie-of-the-year.

“They all had good qualities and good potential, but my reservation is that … I want an experienced superintendent, and none of the people before us have ever been a superintendent of schools, not even in a small district,” said SC member Beverley Dunne, who did the right thing by objecting to advancing the three candidates. “I believe that’s a necessity to deal with all the moving parts of a district of this size. I just don’t feel confident that the people we’re moving forward have the necessary experience.”

And she’s 100% correct when you consider the size of our district, and it’s $70M budget. Also correct is member Jarrod Hochman, who joined Dunne in dissenting. As for most of the others on this elected board?

Well, I’ll start with the dumbest statements made the night the vote was taken to advance these finalists. Members Tom Rossignoll (who’s now seeking to bring his scary great public service talents to the city council as an at-large candidate), and Brandi Carpenter tried to tell us how it’s actually a good thing that the three finalists selected lack experience when it comes to running a large, very complex school district.

“The benefit is you get someone new and hungry for the job. They can grow into the position and hopefully stay for a long period of time,” said Rossignoll, talking as if we we’re hiring a college intern instead of a high-level school department chief executive.

A $190K base salary for having no experience? Excellent gig if you can get it!

The fact here is that this school committee fumbled again. There were just six interview candidates overall, and none of them have ever been a superintendent. Not ever. Not anywhere. This is the group of candidates we got, too, after investing $10,000 of taxpayer money in a search consultant. Maybe we should have gone with Indeed.com instead?

Poll: Who do you think will win the special election for State Rep

26 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

With the looming special election for Peabody State Rep in the 12th Essex District, I’m posting an initial poll here now that the entire field is set.

Obviously only three of the following five candidates can make it to the final ballot, and there will be a Democratic and Republican primary on March 5, but for now I’m only asking who The Eye readership feels has the best chance of winning the final election on April 2.

Please keep in mind that I am asking who you think WILL win, and not who you will vote for. At later date, we will do additional polls on who you prefer.

City inaugural tonight; Dunne, Gravel pull papers for state rep

7 Jan

By Bob Croce, EOP Publisher

Just a few updates and random notes today …

We’ll have coverage tomorrow of Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt’s mid-term state of the city speech after we attend tonight’s annual inaugural ceremony, 7 p.m., in Wiggin Auditorium at City Hall. If you can’t attend live, the ceremonies will be broadcast on PAT Channel 9.

Councilor At-Large Tom Gould tonight will be also be elected City Council President. The tradition is that the councilor with the least years of service, who has not yet been council president, wins unanimous approval when the entire council votes for who will hold this position in 2013.

The evening will also include Bettencourt’s first mid-term address.

Dunne and Gravel pull papers for state rep

In other news, School Committee member Beverley Griffin Dunne and Councilor At-Large Dave Gravel have pulled nomination papers to run in the special election to replace Joyce Spilliotis for Peabody’s 12th District House seat. Each must get 150 certified signatures by Jan. 22 at 5 p.m.

To like Dunne’s campaign page on Facebook, click here.

To like Gravel’s campaign page on Facebook, click here.

Dunne will run as a Democrat and might face a primary on March 5, while Gravel, once he gets his certified signatures, will be on the ballot as an independent for the final election on April 2. Gravel has also announced that his official campaign kickoff fundraiser will take place  on Jan. 25th, 7-10 p.m. at the Peabody, Division 11 AOH.