Old Rochester Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment Dr. Elise Frangos will retire come the end of this school year, and the Rochester School Committee on January 3 had a brief discussion about the future of the position in the four school districts of Old Rochester.
School Committee Chairman Sharon Hartley said there are a number of ideas being considered and discussed by the budget subcommittee on how to fill the impending vacancy.
“We wanted to be sure we serve all of our schools well and in particular, being the Rochester School Committee, we want to be sure that we have a curriculum director, assistant superintendent – a leader who is going to continue the great work that we’ve had, and continue great curriculum instruction,” Hartley said.
One possibility is to split the position into two assistant superintendents, one with expertise in math and science, and one specializing in English language arts to support the districts.
“We will be coming back to that and having future discussions about that position and how we will restructure – if we will restructure,” said Hartley.
Superintendent Dr. Doug White said all school committees – Rochester, Mattapoisett, Marion, and Old Rochester Regional – would have to adopt the same position type and description when the time comes, but beforehand, he added, the financial structure to change the one position into two will have to be explored.
Frangos has been a part of the Old Rochester Schools Administration since 2010.
The next meeting of the Rochester School Committee is scheduled for February 7 at 6:30 pm, location to be determined.
Rochester School Committee
By Jean Perry