What are your thoughts on hiring a superintendent?
If possible find a way for Ann Clark to stay.
Her resume is impeccable, and there are no direct-reports inside CMS capable of taking the role. A national search costing many tens of thousands of dollars, twelve months of time, to produce a similar resume, but lacking her thirty years of local connections, would waste taxpayer money and be a poor strategic business decision.
We hired national superstars twice before. A chief executive must find and train their own replacement. Heath Morrison failed in that aspect. When Chief Monroe retired, the bench he assembled, including Chief Putney, saved tens of thousands of dollars and months of search.
We are making great progress as discussed above. Since taking the reins in January 2015, Ann has done an amazing job. We do not need a superman or wonder woman to tear up the playbook and impose their own vision, and who does not know our town. We need to build upon progress, and build bridges between silos, across urban and suburban, CMS and municipal governments, and CMS and the General Assembly.