HARVARD -- In his second year on the job, Interim Harvard School Superintendent Joseph Connelly was given high marks from the Harvard School Committee, with a performance evaluation nudging "exemplary" in every category.
The committee released its evaluation of Connelly on Monday night with gratitude for the ongoing good relationship the panel has enjoyed during Connelly's tenure.
Committee Chairman SusanMary Redinger made mention that, earlier that day, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education was due to decide whether to grant Connelly's request for a second critical need waiver. As of Wednesday at noon, the central office administration did not have that answer and a phone message placed to Redinger's residence was not immediately answered.
If granted, the waiver would permit Connelly, who is otherwise retired as of 2007, to remain on the job past June. As it sits, the Harvard School Committee has placed all of its eggs in the one waiver basket for the superintendency in the coming school year.
Such a waiver, permitting Connelly to work atop his retirement income, was granted to Harvard two years ago. This present school year, Connelly works at an 80 percent workload, bypassing the need for a critical need waiver. For this school year, Connelly was employed through two separate contracts - one for the first half, and another for the second half of this Fiscal Year 2013.
Connelly has agreed to stay aboard as interim superintendent for a third school year pending approval of the waiver.