Superintendent Search - Parent Invitation to Participate on Screening Committee

April 2016

North Smithfield School Department Parents:

The North Smithfield School Committee has hired the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to assist with the search for a new Superintendent of Schools.

In the next few weeks, the School Committee intends to appoint a Screening Committee to assist in the Superintendent search process.  While the School Committee has the sole authority to appoint the Superintendent, it wishes to have the benefit of input from a Screening Committee made up of various members of the community and schools.  The Screening Committee will review applications, interview candidates and recommend several candidates to the School Committee for further consideration.

Two ( 2 ) parents are needed on the Screening Committee.  The School Committee invites you to apply by submitting a letter of application that includes your: (1) name, (2) address, (3) email address, (4) phone #, and (5) the school(s) which your child(ren) attend.  The Committee is looking for parents who have children at multiple schools in order to have adequate representation for each school.  Parent candidates will be chosen randomly.

The Screening Committee timeline follows for your convenience:

1st Interview/Selection Workshop with Screening Committee (2.5-3 hrs)

2nd Screening Committee Workshop
(1-2 hrs)  

5/19/16 (Thurs.)


5/23/16 (Mon.)

Preliminary Interviews of Applicants:  Determine Finalists as specified by School Committee5/25/16, 5/26/16, 5/31/16-6/3/16 (if needed)
Candidates recommended to School Committee by date TBD6/10/16 (Fri.)


The first meeting of the Screening Committee is tentatively scheduled for Monday, May 19, 2016, at 6:30 p.m. in the Kendall Dean School Conference Room, at which time a NESDEC search consultant will facilitate a training workshop.  The consultant will also assist in reviewing applications, and in the selection of candidates the Screening Committee wishes to interview.  The interview schedule, agenda, and questions will also be developed.  As you can see, many tasks must be accomplished during the meeting so you should plan to be available for approximately three hours.

In subsequent meetings, it is anticipated the Screening Committee will interview a total of approximately 8-10 candidates who best meet the profile that has been established for the Superintendent position.  At the conclusion of the interviews, the Screening Committee will recommend five (5) candidates for further consideration by the North Smithfield School Committee.

Please contact the Screening Committee Chair, Liane Jalette at ljalette32 [at] gmail [dot] com, with a copy to the School Committee Clerk, Sherry McGahan at smcgahan [at] nsps [dot] us, no later than Friday, April 29, 2016, by 3:00 p.m. to inform me of your interest to serve on the Screening Committee.

Selecting a new Superintendent of Schools is an important activity for the entire community, and it requires an extraordinary commitment of time and energy.  The School Committee would greatly appreciate our parents’ participation in the process.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.  I can be reached at merredythenadeau [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Merredythe Nadeau
North Smithfield School Committee Chair

Superintendent Search - Focus Groups On-Line Survey

The search for a new Superintendent of Schools is underway.  A very important part of the process is to solicit community input about the attributes, experiences, and desired goals for a new Superintendent.  This will be of valuable assistance to the School Committee and the Screening Committee as they interview the candidates.

Dr. Carolyn Burke, a search consultant with the New England School Development Council (NESDEC), will meet with interested staff, parents, and community members in focus groups.  Participation in a focus group will required about 1 – 1 ½ hours.  The dates and times are listed below.  No previous sign-up is required.  Each person’s contribution to the group is very important to the process.

  • Administrative Focus Group:  April 28, 2016, 11:00 a.m. - North Smithfield Middle School Conference Room
  • Staff Focus Group:  April 28, 2016; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - North Smithfield Middle School Cafeteria
  • Community Focus Group:  April 28, 2016; 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. - North SMithfield Middle School

Additionally, if you are unable to attend the session, the consultants would be pleased to receive your comments.  You may offer your comments at the on-line survey by clicking here.  The on-line survey will close on April 29, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.

Statewide Assessment - PARCC Parent Letter from the Superintendent

March 29, 2016

Dear Parents,

Our learning standards were designed to prepare students for the next grade, culminating in readiness for postsecondary education and meaningful careers in a 21st-century economy.  Our Rhode Island Statewide Assessment (PARCC):

  • Provides parents and families with objective information about 
  1. whether their children are academically on track; and, 
  2. progress their children are making in school, where children may need extra support, and where students may need additional challenges. 
  • Provides educators with information that will help them improve and personalize instruction,
  • Helps educators benchmark the performance of their students against those across the state,
  • Gives the public a common statewide measure of how schools are doing at improving learning for all students.

For these reasons, federal law requires annual statewide assessments, and federal law also holds schools and districts accountable for attaining at least 95% student participation.

PARCC offers a set of high-quality assessments that align with: our expectations for students at each grade level; the work students do in class every day; and, the skills students will need for success beyond high schoolproblem-solving, critical thinking, and analysis of writing selections.  Again, results on the PARCC test are useful to students, their families, and teachers by revealing areas of student strength and the knowledge and skills that need additional support.

Different from last year, there will be only one testing period for PARCC, the testing time will be shorter, and we will receive results much sooner – before the start of the next school year.

Administration Dates:

  • 3rd Grade – Week of May 16th-20th


  • 3rd Grade – Week of May 16th-20th
  • 4th Grade – Week of May 2nd-6th
  • 5th Grade – Week of May 9th-13th

Middle School

  • 6th Grade – Week of May 2nd-6th
  • 7th and 8th- Week of May 9th-13th

High School

  • ELA- April 25-29th (Morning 9th Grade; Afternoon 10th Grade)
  • Math- May 23rd-25th (Morning Algebra I; Afternoon Geometry)

We are holding a PARCC Parent Information Night on Wednesday, April 6th, at 6:00 p.m. in the North Smithfield Middle School Cafeteria.  Our Director of Curriculum, School Administrators, and I will be sharing information about the assessment.

Assessment serves instruction – not the other way around.  We thank you for your efforts every day to provide and support amazing teaching and exciting learning for all students in all Rhode Island communities.


Stephen F. Lindberg

Superintendent of Schools

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