Beverly begins search on new school superintendent

October 31, 2018 by  

The Beverly School Committee recently voted to begin the search for a new superintendent of schools.

The contract for the current superintendent, Steven Hiersche, will end on June 30, 2019, after which he will retire. It is hoped that a replacement will be found before he leaves.

President of the School Committee, Kris Silverstein, said the first step is to hold focus groups or conduct surveys to determine the qualities and requirements the community feels are needed in a superintendent. This may be done with the help of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, after which a decision will be made to either keep the search open for only internal candidates, or to open it to those outside the school district.

Hiersche, who has been in education for 45 years and has served as superintendent for Beverly since 2013 and elsewhere for over 20 years, commented that he has found his time in Beverly to be very rewarding. He has been praised by Silverstein for his work, making the curriculum more consistent throughout all the grades and encouraging teachers to learn from each other.

Executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, Glenn Koocher, said about 50% of school districts hire an internal candidate, as communities often prefer promoting from within.

Various kinds of printing services can be used to gather input from the community on hiring issues like this.