The Ayer-Shirley Regional School Committee is currently searching for the next superintendent of schools.

To help us with this most important decision, we are seeking parent representatives from the district community to serve on an advisory committee, which will be responsible for narrowing the semi-finalist field of eight to 10 candidates to three to five finalists.

This difficult task will require that the parent representatives commit to the interview schedule. Only those representatives who participate in all interviews will be allowed to take part in the finalist selection.

The School Committee is looking for one parent from each school building (LAW, Page Hilltop, middle school, high school) for a total of four parent representatives willing to commit to the schedule below.

Please express your interest in an email to dgleason@asrsd.org and lcallahan@asrsd.org. Please provide your name and contact information (home address, email address, home, work and cellphone). Additionally, please indicate in what building(s) your child(ren) attends school. Also mention if you serve on a PTO, ASEF or SEPAC. Please submit your interest prior to 4 p.m. on Feb. 4.

The Search Advisory Committee will be comprised of 13 individuals representing various groups within the district community. The committee will meet with our search advisor, Mike Gilbert, from the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. to receive their charge from the School Committee, receive an orientation regarding the search process and laws that apply to the advisory committee and the search process, and review the selection criteria and interview questions.

The interviews will take place on March 3, 4, 5 and 6. Interviews will be scheduled beginning at 5:45 p.m. each evening and ending no later than 9:45 p.m. Each interview will last one hour and there will be a 15-minute break between interviews. The selection of the three to five finalists will occur immediately after the last interview.

We would like to thank you in advance for your participation in this very important decision.

AYER-SHIRLEY SCHOOL COMMITTEE