Algonquin Principal finalist named: Webinar meetings Tuesday morning

by beth on April 30, 2020

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Next week, the the public will get a chance to hear from the finalist to replace outgoing ARHS Principal Sara Walsh. A Screening Committee recommended Westwood High School Principal Sean Bevan.

Bevan’s resume includes a 6½ year stint as an Algonquin English teacher prior to taking the Asst. Principal position. After two years, he was promoted to Principal in 2011.

On Tuesday morning, the Combined School Committees will host a webinar that the public can participate in. That takes place at 9:20 am. (Click here to register.)

For parents and students, a separate invite was issued to an earlier forum from 8:40 – 9:10 am that morning. Prior to the session, they can submit questions through the district’s HR Director. Following that forum, student/parent are asked to complete a questionnaire to:

provide us with feedback about this process and the candidate. This feedback will be helpful in ensuring that there is a collective voice in the process. Please complete this within one day of the forum.

(If you are a parent/student, check your email for the link to that session and the survey.)

Participants for either forum are asked to register in advance.

Below is the message from Superintendent Gregory Martineau to parents and students: 

I am pleased to announce that we have identified a finalist for the position of Algonquin Regional High School Principal. Mr. Sean Bevan, presently the Westwood High School Principal, will meet virtually with key District stakeholders on Tuesday, May 5, 2020. A summary of the search process and the forum webinar schedule is provided below.

Two screening committees were formed and membership included parents, students, educators, school committee members, and administrative representatives. The first committee reviewed over 25 resumes and conducted initial interviews. As a result of this work, the first committee identified three semi-finalists to move to the next round of interviews. The second committee interviewed the three semi-finalists and selected one candidate to participate in Tuesday, May 5, 2020, webinars with key stakeholders. I’d like to thank the members for their time, thoroughness, and thoughtful manner in conducting this search process.

Members of the Screening Committee were impressed with Mr. Bevan’s leadership and understanding of students. Mr. Bevan brings to the District a deep level of experience as an administrator in a high performing district.

On Tuesday, May 5, 2020, you will have the opportunity to ask questions of the candidate to learn about his skills and experiences and what he is able to bring to Algonquin Regional High School. I have enclosed Mr. Bevan’s resume for you to review. Please click on the link below to RSVP to the webinar and submit your questions in advance to Heather Richards, Director of Human Resources. Her email is hrichards@nsboro.k12.ma.us. The webinar will be 30 minutes and will begin with Mr. Bevan introducing himself. Ms. Richards will then moderate the conversation and present some of the questions submitted in advance to our finalist.

I invite you to join as we extend a warm welcome to Mr. Sean Bevan.

To view the finalists’s resume, click here.

For the agenda for the public meeting, click here. [Editor’s Note: I found the link embedded that agenda was a bit wonky. Again, you can click here to register for the public webinar.]

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