Sherman looks for new superintendent/principal
The board hopes to hire for the position in spring to be in place for the 2016-17 school year which begins July 1, 2016. Superintendent Don Fiftal will soon leave the district and Sherman School principal Michael Pascento has left to become Dean of Students at Litchfield High School.
The board hired Cooperative Educational Services to conduct the search and help identify candidates. It will handle research and recruitment on behalf of the board, bringing forward candidate for consideration as well as guiding the interview and transition processes.
Public participation is a main component of the search process. Sherman residents, educators, parents, and students will have to opportunities to contribute. The first is an online survey posted on the Sherman School website www.shermanschool.com through Nov. 27.
Focus groups will present participants with another opportunity to offer opinions and help guide the process. CES will conduct the focus groups on Nov. 24 at the Sherman School. A full schedule of groups, including the intended audience will also be available on the school website.
Data from the survey and focus groups will be included in a leadership profile report that will define the expectations of the community for the next superintendent/principal. It will be used by CES.
The board hopes to have a candidate in place by late January. Interviews will be conducted in February and an announcement on the new superintendent/principal is anticipated for a Board of Education meeting in the spring.
Pascento became part-time principal at Sherman School in July 2014. Fiftal has been part-time superintendent since 2011. He previously served as superintendent in Darien and held positions in New Milford schools for 19 years from 1982 to 2001, including assistant principal at New Milford High School, principal at Schaghticoke Middle School, and then principal at New Milford High School.