But Mulqueen said although she was welcome to attend his meeting with parents, he would prefer to meet privately with his own staff and then report back to the board after that meeting. When Reading again indicated her desire to be present during the staff meeting “just to be able to get my arms around” any issues teachers might have, Mulqueen pushed back, saying, “I will just convey my strong sense that I would much prefer to work with my staff and then come back to you.”
A second change under consideration involves repurposing the assistant principal positions at Page and the Bagnall Elementary School in Groveland. The change would make room for a full-time school support coordinator shared by both buildings to aid students with social-emotional issues and other special needs.
Mulqueen argued that the assistant principal position “is in many ways a duplication of expertise.” The change offers financial savings and allows principals to focus more on the instructional functions of the school, in keeping with the expectations of the state’s new educator evaluation system. This model would align more with the administrative team in Merrimac’ s two elementary schools. Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury make up the regional school district.
At the request of the School Committee, Mulqueen will flush out the details of this plan and then present it to teachers and parents for feedback.
The superintendent also reported that the Page School Principal Selection committee had whittled a pool of 49 applicants for O’Mara’s position to two candidates. The two candidates will meet with Page staff from 3:15 to 3:45 and with parents from 4 to 5 p.m.
Following the meeting Eichhorst urged anyone wishing to comment on any of these issues to contact Mulqueen or the School Committee representative from their town.