Superintendent Search Process


Appointment of Superintendent Dr. Deanne Galdston

The Watertown School Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Deanne Galdston as the new Superintendent of the Watertown Public Schools, effective July 1, 2017.  This appointment is subject to successful completion of contract negotiations.  

At its meeting on Monday, March 13, the School Committee voted 6-0 to offer Dr. Galdston the position of superintendent.  Dr. Galdston has been a teacher and administrator in the Billerica Public Schools for 21 years.  She started as a High School Spanish teacher and has served as the K-12 Humanities Coordinator, High School Assistant Principal, and for the last six years as the Assistant Superintendent.  In addition to these experiences, she brings enthusiasm and a sharp focus on student learning to the Watertown Public Schools.  The School Committee looks forward to working with Dr. Galdston as she assumes an educational leadership role in Watertown.

We thank everyone involved in the selection process.


Press Release: Superintendent Candidates Visit Watertown

The Watertown School Committee will host two candidates for the position of Watertown School Superintendent.  Arthur Unobsky, Assistant Superintendent of the Gloucester Public Schools, will visit Watertown on March 2, and Deanne Galdston, Assistant Superintendent of the Billerica Public Schools, will visit on March 6.  The candidates will visit each of the district's five schools, meeting the principal, teachers, staff, and students.  The candidates also will meet a group of high school students, town officials, and will hold a question-and-answer session with teachers and other educators in the district.  An open public forum will be held each day from 6:00 to 7:00 PM in the Town Council chambers in Town Hall.  Members of the public are invited to attend, ask questions, and meet the candidates.  From 7:15 to 8:30 PM members of the School Committee will interview each candidate in the Town Council chambers.  This session is open to the public. The public forum and School Committee meeting will be broadcast live on local cable.  Comments on each candidate are welcome and can be made in written form that evening or online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/unobskey for Arthur Unobskey and https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/dgaldston for Deanne Galdston.  The School Committee anticipates making a final selection at its March 13 meeting.


Press Release: Two Candidates Chosen for WPS Superintendent

Superintendent Search Committee Recommends Two Candidates

The Watertown School Committee is pleased to announce that two candidates for the position of School Superintendent have been recommended by the Search Committee for its consideration. The candidates are:

  Deanne Galdston, Ed.D. of Newton, currently Assistant Superintendent, Billerica Public Schools

  Arthur Unobskey, Ed.D. of Lexington, currently Assistant Superintendent, Gloucester Public Schools

At the February 13, 2017 School Committee meeting the names of these finalists will be formally presented to the School Committee. The Committee will discuss the ensuing process for interviewing and ultimately selecting one person as the new Superintendent, to start July 1, 2017. Each candidate will be invited to Watertown for a one-day visit that includes a tour of the school buildings, educator and community forums, and an interview with the School Committee. The tentative dates set for these visits are Thursday, March 2 and Monday, March 6. The School Committee anticipates making a final selection at its March 13 meeting.

Many thanks to the Search Committee for its extensive work in reviewing 31 applications for the Superintendent position and conducting initial interviews with 11 candidates. The Search Committee included Kendra Foley, chair, Magen Slesinger, Nick Kain, Kate Coyne, Candace Miller, Guido Guidotti, Maria Baia, Eleanor Donato, Elizabeth Kaplan, Robert LaRoche, Theresa McGuinness, and Debra King. Administrative support for the search process is provided by Glenn Koocher, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and Craig Hardimon, Director of Human Resources , Watertown Public Schools.


Meetings of the Superintendent Search Committee:

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 6:00PM - Agenda

Innovation Lab (Third Floor), Administration Building
30 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472


Monday, January 23, 2017 at 6:00PM - Agenda - Executive Session

Innovation Lab (Third Floor), Phillips Administration Building
30 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472


Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 6:00PM - Agenda - Executive Session

Innovation Lab (Third Floor), Phillips Administration Building
30 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472


Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 6:00PM - Agenda - Executive Session

Innovation Lab (Third Floor), Phillips Administration Building
30 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472


Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8:30AM - Agenda - Executive Session

Innovation Lab (Third Floor), Phillips Administration Building
30 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472


Monday, February 6, 2017 at 6:00PM - Agenda - Executive Session

Innovation Lab (Third Floor), Phillips Administration Building
30 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472


Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at 6:00PM - Agenda - Executive Session

Innovation Lab (Third Floor), Phillips Administration Building
30 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472


Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6:00PM - Agenda - Executive Session

Innovation Lab (Third Floor), Phillips Administration Building
30 Common Street, Watertown, MA 02472


Superintendent Search Committee
A Superintendent Search Committee has been appointed to assist in identifying and hiring a new superintendent for the Watertown Public Schools.  The Search Committee will review applications for the position of superintendent and conduct the first round of interviews with applicants, then forward at least three applicants to the School Committee for public interviews and a final vote.  The first orientation meeting of the Search Committee is January 11, 6-8 PM, in the 3rd floor Innovation Lab of the Phillips Building.  The members of the Search Committee are listed below:


Kendra Foley, Watertown School Committee, Chair
Maria, Baia, Parent
Kate Coyne, Parent
Eleanor Donato, Community Member
Guido Guidotti, Watertown School Committee
Nick Kain, Parent
Elizabeth Kaplan, Curriculum Coordinator
Deb King, Teacher and President, Watertown Educators' Association
Elijah Levy, Student, Watertown High School
Shirley Lundberg, Principal, Watertown High School
Theresa McGuinness, Assistant Superintendent
Candace Miller, Watertown School Committee
Magen Slesinger, Curriculum Coordinator
Rafek Yosafzai, Parent


Press Release - December 6, 2016

Watertown Public Schools Superintendent Search Committee

The Watertown Public School District is launching a search process to hire a permanent superintendent to help lead the school system.  This is an important and exciting time for the district.  New curriculum initiatives are underway and long-term planning is moving forward to provide state-of-the-art buildings for our teachers and students.  A new superintendent, who will start July 1, 2017, will play a critical role in helping the district move forward on these and other important initiatives. 

A Superintendent Search Committee is central to this process.  The Watertown School Committee is seeking parents and other members of the community to serve on the Search Committee.  The Search Committee will be composed of 12-14 individuals – parents, teachers, administrators, community members, students and School Committee members – and will be responsible for reviewing applications for the superintendent position, interviewing top candidates, and recommending to the School Committee at least three candidates for its consideration.  We anticipate that the Search Committee will include three parents and two community members.  The Search Committee will be supported by Glenn Koocher, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and Craig Hardimon, the Director of Human Resources for the Watertown Public Schools.

A parent or community member interested in serving on the Search Committee should send an e-mail or letter to Christie Fisher at christie.fisher@watertown.k12.ma.us.   The statement should indicate the individual’s connection to the Watertown Public Schools (grade level and school of child, if applicable) and why he or she would like to serve on the Search Committee.  Importantly, Search Committee members must be available for the Committee orientation on the evening of January 11, 2017, and also available for evening meetings and interviews with applicants in the Innovation Lab (Third Floor) of the Administration Building at 30 Common Street on the following dates:

Search Committee Meeting Dates

Date

Time

1/11/17

6:00pm - 8:00pm

1/23/17

6:00pm - 8:00pm

2/1/17

6:00pm - 9:00pm

2/2/17

6:00pm - 9:00pm

2/4/17

8:30am - 3:00pm

2/6/17

6:00pm - 9:00pm

2/7/17

6:00pm - 9:00pm

2/8/17

6:00pm - 9:00pm


Applications for the Search Committee are due by December 19, 2016.  For more information or questions, contact Craig Hardimon at
craig.hardimon@watertown.12.ma.us or 617-926-7700 or John Portz (School Committee chair) at john.portz@watertown.k12.ma.us or 617-924-1899. 





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