Almost two dozen in running for Gateway schools chief

Staff Writer
Published: 2/2/2021 4:03:15 PM

HUNTINGTON — Gateway Regional School District is entering a new phase in its superintendent search, with the first interview for the position set to be conducted this week.

Gateway Regional District School Committee Chairwoman Michele Crane said that as of Monday afternoon, the last day applications will be accepted for the job, 22 people had applied.

“We did not expect to have as many applicants,” Crane said. “They’re a group of very talented people.”

The applicants include both internal and external candidates, and Crane said the Superintendent Search Subcommittee, on which she serves, is in the process of looking over their applications and resumes. Crane said that one candidate will be interviewed this week and others are set to be interviewed next week. The subcommittee hasn’t decided how many of applicants will be interviewed.

“We’re excited to get to know these folks,” Crane said.

The candidate the School Committee ultimately picks for the job will replace Superintendent David Hopson, who is serving in his 18th year as superintendent. He will have worked in public education for 40 years when he retires this summer.

“I was going to retire three years ago,” said Hopson, 65, who noted that he was talked out of doing so.

Crane said Hopson is one of the longest tenured superintendents in one location in Massachusetts.

“It’s very rare to find someone with that much longevity,” she said.

Hopson is being consulted by the subcommittee in its search, and he said that “it’s pretty terrific” how many people have applied for his job.

“We have many good applications in that 22 people,” Hopson said.

Crane said the subcommittee is looking for a superintendent with experience in a Massachusetts regional school district. Teaching experience, communications skills and experience with union negotiations are also important factors, she said.

Jason Forgue, who heads the subcommittee, said he will be looking for a candidate who uses empathy in decision making and problem resolution.

“That’s going to be a key point for me,” he said.

Earlier in the search process, the subcommittee held a forum and conducted a survey to gauge what the community is looking for in a superintendent, Crane said.

Forgue said that when finalists for the position are named in March, additional public input will be sought. He also said the committee hopes make an offer for the job in May.


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