HAMPSTEAD – Hampstead/Timberlane Superintendent Earl Metzler provided the Hampstead School Board with a timetable for the search for a Hampstead Middle School principal, with the target of having that candidate on board before June. Earlier this year, HMS Principal Patti Grassbaugh announced she will retire at the end of the school year.
Metzler asked if the board members wanted to include a site visit for candidates. The board decided not to eliminate the site visit from the proposed calendar but was not sold on the need for it.
Metzler asked board members interested in being part of the search committee to let Chairman Greg Hoppa know, so he could forward the names to the School Administrative Unit (SAU). The committee needs one Hampstead administrator, one HMS teacher, one Special Education teacher, one Hampstead Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) member, one community member and two school board members.
The application deadline is April 4, and meetings will be held to go through the candidate applications and narrow the search to six. By April 25, interviews are planned, with the goal of reducing the number of candidates to three.
Metzler said a recent Job Fair drew a large pool of candidates for every position open at both Hampstead and Timberlane schools, and he expects a high quality pool of candidates will seek an opportunity to come to Hampstead.
In other business, the board discussed a year-end celebration for all district employees, including retirees, and what training board members would seek to pursue.
• Metzler asked for approval to provide retiring teachers with a Master Teacher Star Polisher Bowl. The board approved this proposal.
• Board member Jaye Dimando asked the board to consider a celebration at the end of the school year for all district employees to thank them for a job well done and to say good-bye to the teachers who were retiring.
Metzler asked if the board wanted to consider holding the event at the Granite Rose.
The board had two concerns: the cost of such an event at that location, and the perception of the board’s supporting such an event.
In the end the board asked Metzler to provide three options with a range in cost.
Hoppa also cautioned the board to carefully consider whether such an event is fiscally responsible, whether it is a need or a want, and how it might be perceived by the general public.
Barr suggested there would probably be community events for the retirees and any celebration should be community oriented and low key in terms of cost.
• Metzler said Timberlane has planned board training that would include the Hampstead School Board, if members are interested. To hold a joint session would be a cost saving, he added.
Timberlane board member Rob Collins suggested a three-hour session with an attorney, with one hour for Timberlane board members, one hour for Hampstead board members, and one hour for a joint session with the attorney. Topics of interest could be submitted before the event.
After a brief discussion the board voted unanimously to hold a joint training session with Timberlane in April.