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Superintendent Landman Resigns Effective June 30

After only one year in the district, Jonathan Landman announced his resignation today.

Just over a year ago Hopkinton . In that instance the school committee knew in December about the departure, and had picked a Landman to replace him by March 2011. 

This news comes just one month before Landman's last day, leaving the with a shorter period of time in which to find a replacement.

Landman is still undergoing the entry process to the district. He often updates the School Committee weekly with what he has been learning, seeing and changing within the district.

A press release from the schools doesn't indicate what Landman's next step but it does indicate that he wishes to stay in education.

"Although he remains devoted to public service through educational leadership, after much reflection and discussion with family, friends and colleagues, he has come, respectfully, to recognize that his style and strengths have not been a good fit with the expectations and approach of the Hopkinton School District. He has concluded that he can better serve public education in a different setting."

School Committee Chairman Jean Bertschmann said that the committee will be discussing the transition and search process at their June 7 meeting.

"Dr. Landman will be here through the end of June, and we will work with the Leadership Team on a transition plan to discuss at that meeting.  We have a very strong leadership team and we will continue to provide outstanding educational opportunities for our students - that is the highest priority for all involved," she said.

Frank D'Urso May 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Dr. Landman did not just resign out of the blue, if there were issues this should have been discussed before the election. Dr. Landman has had my support this past year, and as far as I knew he was doing a great job. This was another example of the School Committee being heavy handed, and another way that professionals with management experience could have made a positive outcome of this situation. I lost the election on Monday, but it's not too soon to point out that the School Committee is elected to represent the entire town. In this case they seem to be once again operating in a vacuum. Things like this are the reason why I ran, and it's deplorable that only 4 days after the election this is happening.
nl014 May 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Amen!
Yesim Erez June 08, 2012 at 01:20 PM
So do we, as residents here have recourse? Do we have rights to inquire?
Sean O'Donnell June 08, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Yesim, There is always a right to inquire, however based on certain rights to privacy, nothing has been said other than his strengths do not align with the approach of the district. Because the superintendent is a town employee, his one year review would have been at a public meeting of the School Committee, however his resignation came before that point.

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