The search for a new Wayland High School principal has begun.
Whoever is chosen will replace interim principal John Ritchie. In July, Ritchie replaced former principal Pat Tutwiler who resigned to take a job in Brighton, according to the Boston Globe.
Wayland Public Schools Superintendent Paul Stein, in a community letter, said the process would involve picking a Selection Advisory Committee.
The first step in the process, Stein said, is to community forums to determine the qualities the district wants in the net principal. At the same time, the district plans to start advertising the position.
Next, the district will send student, parents, faculty and staff representatives to the Selection Advisory Committee to represent the various interests. That committee will review resumes, interview candidates and make recommendations for a finalists
The last step will be to have candidates visit the district and hold another round of community forums. The forums will be open to parents, students, and anybody who wants to interview the candidates. Stein then plans to conduct follow-up interviews, check references and pick a new principal.
“Choosing a principal for Wayland High School is an extremely important decision. My intention is to give the community voice, which in turn will enable me to make the right choice for Wayland,” Stein wrote. “We have scheduled this process such that it will be completed before February vacation. To begin, we encourage you to attend a principal search forum. (Note: The student forum will be scheduled shortly.) Please join us.”
The parents forum is scheduled for Nov. 22 at 7:45 a.m. in the Lecture Hall of Wayland High School. The faculty forum is set for Nov. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the same location.
The committee will be comprised of five faculty members, four parents, a METCO parent, tow students and an assistant principal. It will also include a teaching assistant, an administrative assistant, two central office staffers and a principal.