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Supt. Search Could Top $20,000

The search for a full-time superintendent could cost the district more than $20,000.

With the search for a superintendent set to kick off, the city could be looking at a bill of over $20,000.

Three firms are vying for the contract to find a full-time superintendent for the district following Anthony Pope's resignation. The school committee met to hear proposals from all three Tuesday.

The committee has yet to discuss the companies, but their fees were part of the proposals distributed to committee members.

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  • Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates — $22,500.

In the proposal to the committee, the company estimates additional consultant expenses would cost $2,500. The additional expenses relating to search advertisement, interview expenses, and travel expenses of the candidates and Committee will be the committee's responsibility.

  • Future Management Systems, Inc — $19,500 plus expenses.

Additional expenses for this company include travel, advertising, copies, postage and materials. If the search goes beyond the scope of the proposal the additional cost will be $187 an hour or $1,496 a day.

  • New England School Development Council — $4,150 plus additional for "Fee-Based Options"

This company, which is based out of Marlborough, has offered the district a reduced price from their usual $12,992 fee for districts associated with NESDC. However, there is added cost for additional items that are covered in the flat fee of the other company's proposals (such as additional focus groups for $365 each).

No matter which company is chosen, the district is set to spend more than $100,000 in replacing Pope. Pope was paid .

The committee will discuss the consultants at an upcoming meeting.

Marlborough Man October 12, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Clown at the top gives us a circus, leave the position open or part time the children could use the money. Wake up! Look outside the box!!! The position causes problems nation wide and big bucks!!! The union runs the show do not kid yourself and save time/money. Find a similar district and copy it saving the city money. STOP SPENDING TAXPAYER DOLLARS ON STUPID
Neil Licht October 15, 2012 at 10:46 PM
and we cant search on our own? Why not? Its not like we cant google the sites to look for a new supt because we can. Its not like we cant find out where supts hangout on line and go talk up our opportunity - we can. Its a new world where we actually can manage a search on our own. Please dont spend a dime on a consultant until we as a city have worked at finding-recruiting on our own using this amazing thing called the internet/social media. And why do we assume its a supt we need as a leader so to speak. Is that one person so expert in finance, cirriculum, unions, teaching, technology that we must have a supt? The world has changed drastically and what worked before must be revisited with the new world we live in as a guide to what we need to do next.

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