Committee chair John Doty said the committee has delivered its message to Seth Boyd, chair of the supervisory union board and, until they receive further instructions, their work is done. “Our job was just to screen applicants,” he noted. “We weren’t a search committee.”
Doty declined to comment on the number of applications that were screened during their process.
Boyd was unavailable for comment on the matter, but supervisory union board vice chair Dennis Richter indicated that the process was still in committee.
The supervisory union was searching for a superintendent to fill a two-year contract, a shorter-than-usual term for a Vermont superintendent which had to be approved by the state department of education. The supervisory union board sought the shorter contract term after they entered into an agreement with Windham Central Supervisory Union to study ways the two SUs might collaborate. “Collaboration,” according to a discussion between the two supervisory union boards earlier this year, could mean anything from joint purchasing to a merging of the supervisory unions.
But Doty noted that the study with WCSU didn’t have anything to do with the committee’s decision not to recommend a candidate. “(The study) is just in its beginning stages,” he said.
The vacancy in the superintendent’s office was created when the previous superintendent, Jack Rizzo, surprised board members with his resignation in May 2012. Rizzo had served two years of his three-year contract. At the time, Rizzo said he was leaving to be closer to his family, who had all moved to the West Coast. Before coming to Windham Southwest Supervisory Union, Rizzo had been headmaster at a private school in Hawaii.
Since Rizzo’s departure, assistant superintendent Nancy Talbott has served as interim superintendent.