Thursday, January 31, 2013
Last night the Hopkinton School Committee discussed their ideas for the next leader of the district.
After weeks of interviews and months of preparation, the Hopkinton School Committee has voted to enter contract negotiations with Cathy MacLeod. MacLeod is currently the Assistant Superintendent at Easton Public Schools and previously worked as an elementary principal in Pembroke. According to School Committee members, MacLeod will bring a willingness to learn and a vision that will compensate for her lack of superintendent experience. "Initially I was unsure because Cathy had not been a superintendent yet," Jean Bertschmann said. "Then I went on the site visits and saw how much she worked hand-in-hand with the Superintendent." The discussion was quickly narrowed down to a choice between MacLeod and Interim-Superintended Stephen Hiersche…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
At their meeting on Monday night, the School Committee agreed to an 11-month contract with Steven Hiersche beginning August 1.
Within two weeks of deciding to pursue contract negotiations with former Framingham Superintendent Steven Hiersche, the Hopkinton School Committee has agreed to an 11-month contract to hire him as interim superintendent. According to a press release from the schools, the contract is worth $142,083 with benefits and begins on August first. "The Committee is looking forward to having Dr. Hiersche join the leadership team. Having a veteran Superintendent with both mentoring and management experience will positively affect this year's priority mandates and initiatives, which will improve learning for all students in Hopkinton,” Chairman of the School Committee Nancy Burdick said. Hiersche will be filling the gap after Jonathan Landman’s …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Last night the Hopkinton School Committee voted 3-2 to approve Steven Hiersche as interim superintendent.
The School Committee voted to approve former Framingham Superintendent Steven Hiersche to helm Hopkinton Public Schools next year; but just barely. "I have some reserves that while he may be the best candidate left in front of us, he might not be the best candidate for us," Jon Graziano, one of the two voters against Hiersche, said. Graziano was joined by Nancy Burdick as the two no votes, voting in favor were the other three School Committee members; Jean Bertschmann, Rebecca Robak and Scott Aghababian. "I really didn't feel a great connection with him from a vision standpoint," Aghababian said. "But I think we're looking for someone to carry the ball for a year and I think he can fill that role." Having just left the Framingham School …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Steven Hiersche was approved in a split vote as the interim superintendent.
At their July 18 meeting, the 5 member School Committee voted 3-2 to approve Steven Hiersche as the interim Superintendent. The board will enter into contract negotiations with Hiersche with the intention of having him begin Aug. 1. Check in your Patch newsletter first thing in the morning for complete details. If you haven't signed up for the newsletter click here to receive a daily rundown of the top stories sent to your inbox.
Our weekday morning column, 5 Things You Need to Know, provides you with information that can help you plan your day and give you some fodder for water cooler conversations.
1. Holliston in Bloom: Tonight at 5:30 the America in Bloom judges will be arriving in Holliston for a welcome reception. They will be touring the town and viewing different displays of nature and heritage for the rest of the week. Read the Patch story about Holliston in Bloom or stop by the Historical Society building tonight to learn more. 2. Hopkinton Superintendent Announcement: Last week the Hopkinton School Committee selected Steven Hiersche as the lone finalist in the Superintendent search. Tonight they are expected to announce whether he will be hired or not to full the 1-year interim position. The meeting starts at 7:30 in the Hopkinton Public Schools Central Office, and although the announcement isn’t scheduled to be until after …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
With several weeks of application reviews and interviews under their belts, the Hopkinton School Committee has narrowed the field to one candidate to fill the interim superintendent position.
Last night the Hopkinton School Committee held an hour-long discussion about who should be selected as superintendent for the next year, and at the end of the night Steven Hiersche was the only candidate to gain approval. Although members made it clear this is not a commitment to hire Hiersche, they see him as a person that can lead the school system. “I can see him doing this job but it’s very important to check references. The ability to form positive relationships is very important and that’s what we’re going to find out,” School Committee member Jean Bertschmann said. “I think his experience is very relevant to what we have on the table now in our district.” Hiersche has experience in the region and has dealt with many of the problems…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
After completing three interviews the School Committee decided to move the former Framingham Superintendent in their hiring process.
After a serious discussion lasting more than an hour the School Committee decided that they have confidence in Steven Hiersche to lead the district as the one-year interim superintendent. Check your newsletter first thing in the morning for the full story including rational behind the decision for School Committee members.
The third and final candidate in the School Committee's search for an interim superintendent is with Steven Hiersche.
As the Hopkinton School Committee looks to replace Superintendent Jonathan Landman after his resignation last month, their first step is to find an interim superintendent to lead the district while a permanent district head can be found. The second candidate is Steven Hiersche who until last month served as a superintendent in Framingham. Mary Ellen Johnson holds a Doctor of Organizational Leadership degree from Columbia University, a Master of Education in Educational Leadership from Antioch University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Delta State University in Mississippi. She has previously served as superintendent for Sandwich Public Schools, and for the New York City Board of Education. Prior to those positions, Dr…
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Last night the Hopkinton School Committee interviewed two of the three candidates to replace Jonathan Landman for the next year.
With Mary Ann DeMello at the helm of the Hopkinton School District for the month of July, School Committee members have begun interviewing candidates to fill the void left by Jonathan Landman for the 2012-2013 school year. Last night they interviewed two of the three candidates; Steven Hiersche and Dennis Duquette . Both men are coming fresh from superintendent jobs in other school districts in New England. Duquette was in charge of RSU #16 in Maine . He led the region in a merger from three separate town school systems to one regional district. Duquette said that it was hard work to keep everyone happy, and that in the end he had to leave because there was much animosity toward him. Duquette alluded to accusations and an …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The second candidate of three in the School Committee's search for an interim superintendent is with Steven Hiersche.
As the Hopkinton School Committee looks to replace Superintendent Jonathan Landman after his resignation last month, their first step is to find an interim superintendent to lead the district while a permanent district head can be found. The second candidate is Steven Hiersche who until last month served as a superintendent in Framingham. Steven Hiersche holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from the University of Sarasota. He also holds a Master of Education in Secondary Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Westfield State College. He was recently the Superintendent for Framingham Public Schools, and previously served as Superintendent for Watertown and Plymouth Public Schools, as well as the Orleans …