With suitable candidates who could be the next superintendent of the Belmont Schools coming from a shallow and drying out pool of educators, the School Committee Friday, Oct. 21, saw themselves facing one of three options in their efforts to recruit the next leader of the Belmont Schools: move forward finding an leader from outside the district, look inward for the next chief or let the popular , stay on for one, or maybe two years.
While the first two options appear to be ongoing, the third, keeping Kingston in the fold, was the biggest unknown as the Arlington residents and longtime Superintendent of the Chelsea schools had not indicated if he would be interesting in the proposition.
That is, until now. Sort of.
In a two word response to a question from Belmont Patch, Kingston simply stated: "Consider, yes."
While not a definate declaration that Kingston wants to extend his stay, the brief confirmation of a specific level of interest allows the School Committee one additional option in their search for a perennial leader for a school districted lauded as one of the best open enrollment systems in the country.
And it appears the elected board overseeing the school department will need these separate avenues to pursue their hiring goal after an advisor from the state association that advocates for school committees said the current field of possible candidates does not have the background to lead the district.
Glenn Koocher, executive director of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees,
In addition, the School Committee would need to begin advertising before the coming holidays as time to do a complete review of potential superintendents by June 30, when Kingston's contract will expire.
If Kingston were to agree to stay, members said at Fridays meeting, they could do preliminary search work in May of this year, speak to people over the summer, interview in September and have a job offer on the table before the winter holidays.
“We have the option to see if the current incumbent (Kingston) would serve for another year and then look again,” said School Committee member Dan Scharfman at Friday's meeting.