January 13, 2012

TO:       Members of the Watertown Educators Association - Units A, B, C and D

FROM:  Ray F. Shurtleff

RE:       Focus Group Meetings - Superintendent of Schools Search

As you know, the Watertown School Committee is sponsoring a series of focus groups for staff parents, and interested citizens regarding the criteria for the next Superintendent of Schools and the priorities needed by the district and community.  The Committee's Search Consultant, Glenn Koocher, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC), will facilitate these scheduled focus groups.

On behalf of the Watertown School Committee, I would like to invite members of the Watertown Educators Association - Units A, B, C and D to a focus group meeting with the Committee's Search Consultant.  We have set aside two focus group dates for WEA members and, hopefully, you will be able to attend one of these sessions.  These dates/times are:

"    Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the Watertown High School Auditorium
"    Tuesday, January 24, 2012 at 3:00 pm in the Hosmer Elementary School Auditorium. 

In addition, the Search Consultant is developing an electronic, online feedback survey that will be available to all staff, parents and interested citizens.  An announcement will be made in the very near future as to the process for accessing this online survey.  The criteria and priority feedback from individual focus groups and the online survey will be shared with members of the Screening Committee and the School Committee prior to the beginning of the screening/selection process.