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Lenox School Committee delays decision on superintendent hire

Lenox superintendent candidate Judy Rush. Photo by Ted Remsnyder.

LENOX — Following two nights of public interviews with a trio of candidates for its superintendent position, the town’s School Committee delayed a decision on a potential hire and will weigh the possibility of reposting the job opening.

During public deliberations on the hiring process following an interview session with candidate Gina Flanagan at Morris Elementary School on the evening of Wednesday, March 4, the committee voted to reconvene for further discussions at a newly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 16.

On Monday, March 2, the committee interviewed candidates Judy Rush and Tara Brandt in back-to-back sessions.

When the committee commenced its discussions on a potential hire on Wednesday night following Flanagan’s interview, School Committee member Francie Sorrentino said that the district should repost the superintendent position and attract a new crop of candidates. Sorrentino contended that the district should hire someone with prior superintendent experience, which none of the three finalists possess.

“My gut feeling is that this is going to be our seventh superintendent in 11 years and it better be a good one,” she said. “I personally would rather have someone with superintendent experience.”

School Committee Chairperson Robert Vaughan told the committee that there were two candidates among the finalists he would have been comfortable voting for during the March 4 discussion, but he noted that he only had one vote out of seven on the committee.

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