February 24, 2024
Virtual meeting Wednesday on Lawrence superintendent search | News

LAWRENCE — A virtual meeting is scheduled Wednesday night for those who want a say in the search for the next Lawrence public school superintendent but who were unable to attend in-person sessions last week.

The Alma Advisory Group was hired by the Lawrence Alliance for Education to lead the search for the next school superintendent.

Alma is seeking input from the community through a survey and community forums.

The survey and access to the virtual forum at 6 p.m. Wednesday are both accessible through the school district website at lawrence.k12.ma.us.

Submissions of the survey, in English and Spanish, are anonymous and confidential and are sent directly to Alma Advisory Group, school officials said.

Juan Rodriguez has served as acting superintendent since previous LPS Superintendent Cynthia Paris resigned a year ago.

While Paris was superintendent, the school department had been in receivership status with the state due to underperformance issues. Paris reported directly to the LAE Board.

Her 2022 salary was $248,700.

Rodriguez is former principal of Lawrence High School and the Arlington School, and former Chief Partnership Officer for LPS.

While based in Chicago, the Alma Advisory Group has been conducting phone interviews with an array of city officials since mid-December.

In addition to the community meetings, Alma representatives have held meetings with school workers, union officials, parent and community groups and more.

Alma will compile all the information and then create a job description for the LPS superintendent.

Follow staff reporter Jill Harmacinski on Twitter @EagleTribJill.

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