Superintendent Fleishman’s Commencement Speech Controversy

NNHS Principal Search Update

November 20, 2015

Dear North Families:

As you are aware, Mark Aronson is serving as Interim Principal for the school year, and will be retiring in June. I am grateful for Mark’s long-standing dedication and commitment to Newton North and feel fortunate that we have had an Interim Principal that is highly skilled and widely respected. I know Mark will do everything possible to support the school through the end of the school year.

Selecting a principal is one of the most critical decisions made by a superintendent. Principals are expected to provide excellent educational leadership, establish a positive school culture, and manage the daily operations of the building. The selection process will be similar to the one we used last year but the timeline will be earlier. Since the principal’s position impacts the entire school community, we will again form a Selection Advisory Committee (SAC) that will include administrators, faculty, students and parents/guardians. The SAC will conduct first round interviews and recommend semi-finalists. The PTO will be in touch regarding the process for serving on the SAC. We have already started to advertise for the position and have attached the timeline that has been developed.

There will be multiple opportunities for parents to be involved in the search process. In addition to having members on the SAC, parents will have the chance to meet the finalist candidates when they visit Newton North.

I am writing to invite you to a parent focus group on December 9th at 6:30 p.m. in film lecture hall where you will have an opportunity to learn about the search process, as well as address the following questions:

• What is working well at Newton North right now?

• What are the areas that you believe deserve the attention of a new principal?

• What qualities and attributes are you looking for in a new principal?

You may also complete the online survey, which has the same questions. We hope to see you on either December 9th or some time during the interview process.

I look forward to working with the North community as we embark upon this important task.


David Fleishman Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Fleishman’s Commencement Speech Controversy

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