HARVARD -- There were 29 timely applicants for the Harvard School Superintendent post. The Superintendent Search Committee was to meet in executive session on Tuesday for a primer with Massachusetts Association of School Committee Executive Director Glen Koocher for tips on interviewing superintendent candidates.

Harvard School Committee Chairwoman SusanMary Redinger noted there were also two more applications received after the Nov. 16 application submittal deadline. The screening committee will have to decide whether or not to accept those late submittals, Redinger said.

School Committee member Keith Cheveralls noted that the search committee was not initially charged with producing any specific number of superintendent finalists for full School Committee review. "So I challenge you all on the search committee as to what you want to see numerically," said Cheveralls.

Cheveralls cautioned against a large number so that site visits with the leading finalists can be performed in a timely fashion. Redinger suggested the finalists be publicly interviewed first, with site visits performed later for only the strongest finalists.

Interim Harvard School Superintendent Joseph Connelly said the committee "is charged with identifying candidates they believe are worthy to be considered by the School Committee."

Connelly cautioned against having too few finalists. "Don't lock it in at five, or six or three," said Connelly. "If people pull out, it may be down to just two candidates or one.


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You may find yourself losing a candidate at the last moment."

The finalists are to be publicly interviewed by the School Committee from Jan. 7 through Jan. 31. Cheveralls reminded his peers that the screening committee should only forward finalists names for those the committee would feel comfortable having in the superintendency.