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CBD Superintendent’s Contract

SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT

The Superintendent is the educational and administrative leader for the educational systems serving Shutesbury school-aged children. The Shutesbury School Committee seeks to engage and retain the highest quality superintendents to provide leadership that reflects the educational and administrative values and goals of the School Committee.

The school-aged children of Shutesbury are served by two educational systems – the Erving Union #28 for grades K-6 and the Amherst-Pelham Region for grades 7-12. The Shutesbury School Committee has representation on the oversight committees for both systems. The Shutesbury School Committee is committed to ensuring that the hopes and needs of Shutesbury are represented adequately in securing and retaining superintendents for both these systems.

Superintendent for Union #28 Consistent with Massachusetts law regarding Superintendency Unions, the Joint Supervisory Committee of Union #28, consisting of three members of each participating town’s school committee, including Shutesbury, may award a contract to a Superintendent of schools for a period not to exceed six years. As established by law, the Joint Supervisory Committee shall “determine the relative amount of service to be rendered by the superintendent in each town, fix his/her salary and may provide for fringe benefits, and other conditions of employment, including but not limited to, severance pay, relocation expenses, reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of duties or office, liability insurance, and leave for said superintendent.” Policies of the Shutesbury School Committee regarding the Superintendent may complement but not supersede policies of the Union.

Prior to entering into contract negotiations, the Shutesbury School Committee’s representative(s) to the Joint Supervisory Committee or its negotiating sub-committee shall solicit input from the full Shutesbury School Committee. This input may guide the Shutesbury representative(s) regarding contract negotiations with the Superintendent or the successful Superintendent candidate. The representative(s) is not bound by input from the Shutesbury School Committee. Input may include recommendations regarding the salary and COLA schedule, benefits, length of contract, and/or contract language. Gathering of this input shall occur at a scheduled Executive Session of the Shutesbury School Committee at least fourteen (14) days prior to the beginning of negotiations.


The School Committee may request or the representative(s) may seek subsequent Executive Sessions to receive updates/seek input during the negotiation period. Participation by the Superintendent in the Executive Session is at the discretion of the School Committee.

The Shutesbury School Committee supports using evaluation and assessment information in determining Shutesbury’s recommendations for contract negotiations, to the extent legally allowable.

Consistent with MGL, the superintendent’s contract will be approved by the Joint Supervisory Committee.

The Chair of the Shutesbury School Committee shall receive a copy of the executed contract for the Superintendent position within a reasonable time, preferably 30 days after approval by the Union #28 committee. The executed contract shall be distributed by the Chair to members of the Shutesbury School Committee in a reasonable time, preferably within 30 days of receiving it.


Superintendent of Amherst-Pelham Region Consistent with Massachusetts law regarding Regions, the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee, consisting of one representative from Shutesbury’s school committee, may award a contract to a Superintendent of schools for a period not to exceed six years. As established by law, the Regional School Committee shall “determine the relative amount of service to be rendered by the superintendent in each town, fix his/her salary and may provide for fringe benefits, and other conditions of employment, including but not limited to, severance pay, relocation expenses, reimbursement for expenses incurred in the performance of duties or office, liability insurance, and leave for said superintendent.” Policies of the Shutesbury School Committee regarding the Superintendent may complement but not supersede policies of the Region.

When possible, prior to entering into contract negotiations, the Shutesbury School Committee’s representative to the Regional School Committee or its negotiating sub-committee shall solicit input from the full Shutesbury School Committee. This input will guide the Shutesbury representative regarding contract negotiations with the Superintendent or the successful Superintendent candidate. The representative is not bound by input from the Shutesbury School Committee. Input may include recommendations regarding the salary and COLA schedule, benefits, length of contract, and/or contract language. Gathering of this input shall occur at a scheduled Executive Session of the Shutesbury School Committee.

The School Committee may request or the representative may seek subsequent Executive Sessions to receive updates/seek input during the negotiation period. Participation by the Superintendent in the Executive Session is at the discretion of the School Committee.

The Shutesbury School Committee supports using evaluation and assessment information in determining Shutesbury’s recommendations for contract negotiations, to the extent legally allowable.

Consistent with MGL, the superintendent’s contract will be approved by the Regional School Committee.

The Chair of the Shutesbury School Committee shall receive a copy of the executed contract for the Superintendent position within a reasonable time, preferably 30 days after approval by the regional committee. The executed contract shall be distributed by the Chair to members of the Shutesbury School Committee in a reasonable time, preferably within 30 days of receiving it.

SOURCE: LEGAL REFS.: M.G.L. 71:41; 71:42, 71:63, 71:64 (need to add for Regions?)

First reading: 12-16-10
Second reading, first vote: 01-13-11
Final vote: 02-17-11