The Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee is currently accepting nominations and volunteers for a Screening Committee that will review candidates seeking to become the next full-time superintendent of G-D Regional Schools. Whomever is selected as the next superintendent will have a profound impact not only on our district but also on our two towns. The Screening Committee is charged with identifying the best candidates to lead our district and our communities in the years ahead. Interested parties should confirm availability for all Screening Committee meeting dates and voice their candidacy by Friday, Nov. 9.

Per School Committee policy, the Screening Committee will consist of the following 15 members: Two members of the district's senior administrative leadership team, two teachers, a member of the support staff, a selectman (or their appointed representative) from both Groton and Dunstable, two parents, two members of the district's support organizations, a member of the Student Advisory Council, a member of the Special Education Parent Advisory Council, a senior citizen and one other citizen at-large from the towns of Groton and Dunstable. The School Committee has appointed committee member Leslie Lathrop to serve as nonvoting chair of the Screening Committee.

Members must be available for all Screening Committee meetings, including training sessions, all candidate screening sessions, and the meeting at which final recommendations are made to the School Committee. The dates for which nominees must commit availability are the following:

* Saturday, Dec. 8 (all day), for training and for selecting candidates to be interviewed

* Friday, Dec. 14 and Dec. 17-19, (evenings, starting at 5 p.m.) for interviewing candidates

* Dec. 20 through Dec. 21, (evenings, starting at 5 p.m.) for identifying the four to six finalists

* Saturday, Dec. 22 (all day) as a contingency date in case of weather-related delays or disruptions

* Wednesday, Jan. 9, (7:15 to 7:45 pm), for recommending the finalists at the School Committee meeting

The School Committee understands that this is a difficult commitment to make, but it is essential that members do so in order to make the screening process as consistent and representative as possible.

Interested parties should contact Jim Frey, search spokesperson for the School Committee (jfrey@gdrsd.org, 978-649-8622), or Jeanne Mitchell, GDRSD director of HR (jmitchell@gdrsd.org, 978-448-5505, ext. 217) by Friday, Nov. 9. Because there may be multiple applicants for several of the 15 spots, such as district support organizations, parents and citizens at-large, the School Committee will conduct a random drawing from all qualified names forwarded at the School Committee meeting on Nov. 14.

JIM FREY

Groton-Dunstable Regional School

Committee