Well known former local educator to head Norwich superintendent search

Norwich – A retired superintendent of several local school districts will be the lead consultant for the Board of Education’s search for a new superintendent, which is projected to be completed by late April.

Elizabeth Osga, retired former superintendent for Stonington, Griswold and the Lyme-Old Lyme school districts, is a senior associate at the Marlboro-Mass.-based New England School Development Council, will lead the search for a new Norwich superintendent. Norwich Superintendent Abby Dolliver announced in December she plans to retire June 30.

Osga said Friday the position has been posted on the NESDEC website and a more detailed version will be mailed directly to some 700 recipients, including all current Connecticut superintendents and assistants, all New England School Development Council members and other superintendents and assistants in the Northeast region in districts similar demographics to Norwich and to the National School Development Council. NESDEC Director Art Bettencourt sits on the national board.

The application deadline is March 6, but Osga said the Norwich Board of Education, which appointed itself as the search committee, has reserved the right to consider late applications. NESDEC will do direct recruitment in addition to the postings, Osga said.

“I was on the phone this morning with a potential interested party,” Osga said.

No specific salary range was listed, and Osga said the new state law that prohibits interviewers from asking an applicant’s past salary will be followed.

“The search process will have three phases,” Norwich Board of Education Chairwoman Yvette Jacaruso said in a statement Friday. “The initial phase will include a call for candidates and the development of an ideal candidate profile. The second phase will involve the search committee in application reviews and interviews. The last phase will focus on ensuring that the final candidate is thoroughly vetted and is a sound match for the district.”

The search committee will launch an online community survey to receive input in the search in February, Jacaruso said.

 

c.bessette@theday.com

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