Look for unique education director is down to three

The look for a brand-new director of special education is still in progress, however officials included with the choice procedure have narrowed the search down to three prospects.

The seven-person search committee, which includes School Committee members Scott Wood Jr., Shaun Toohey, and Vice President Gail Sullivan, who was selected recently by the school committee's chairman, Mayor James Fiorentini, have actually picked 3 candidates and have actually forwarded their suggestions to School Superintendent James Scully.

Sullivan said the selection committee interviewed four candidates Thursday morning, however decreased to offer their names, stating just that they were from Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Asked if she had a preferred candidate of the three the committee was tasked with bringing to the complete school committee, Sullivan said she couldn't say.

" Our job is to collect 2 or 3 candidates," she stated. "It's up to the complete committee to decide."

Debate has actually shrouded the really formation of the option committee, when neither Sullivan or fellow School Committee member Sven Amirian, who both worked on platforms of reforming special education, were placed on the committee by President Maura Ryan-Ciardiello, who placed Wood and Toohey, her brother-in-law, on the committee.

While Ryan-Ciardiello said she is aware of Sullivan's huge experience and understanding of unique education, she stated she never asked her to be a part of the selection committee because she never emailed or called her.

Scully stated the search committee, which likewise included parents and school staff, forwarded the names of the 3 finalists to him late Thursday and that he has actually started substantial background checks.

Scully stated he prepares to meet with the prospects one-on-one Tuesday afternoon, then will make his recommendation to the School Committee for its choice.

"We may call a unique conference," Scully said in reference to choosing the right individual to assist the education of the 1,800 special education students who participate in city schools. Scully noted that the next scheduled School Committee meeting is June 9.

At the May 17 School Committee meeting, Scully indicated that interim SPED Director Kyle Riley would be his recommendation, but noted that the job had actually just been published.

"Now we have three sensible candidates, I will evaluate them as appertains procedure," Scully stated, adding that Riley is amongst the finalists and has an interest in a three-year contract.

"I wish to state that even though he is the interim director, when we reposted the job it became fair video game to all interested candidates and whoever was spoken with by the School Committee," Scully stated.