The appointment of a new superintendent at Nashua was delayed after one of the two finalists accepted a position elsewhere.
Following an extensive national search, the school board was expected to announce the candidate it picked last week. Final public talks were to take place with Tarrynce Robinson and Mario Andrade.
The interview with Andrade, Nashua’s current acting deputy superintendent, was set for May 19 but was canceled.
“Dr. Andrade has accepted a new post outside the neighborhood. Beyond that, we don’t have an update at this time, ”Education Council chair Heather Raymond said on Friday.
A total of 19 candidates applied for the post, and 16 of them – from eight different states – were selected for the post. Based on a newly created Superintendent Research Leadership Profile, the school board chose to interview five of the applicants, which was then narrowed down to the two finalists.
Robinson’s last interview was on May 20.
Last week, one of the vice-presidents of the Greater Nashua branch of the NAACP, Sharron Rowlett-Moore, asked the board why Robinson had not yet been appointed head of school since he was last. finalist.
“We don’t have any updates yet on finding the superintendent for anyone,” Raymond said.
She said school officials have been working over the past few months to try to find the right candidate.
Asked by the board earlier this month, Robinson, a current school support officer for the Houston Independent School District in Texas, presented a draft 100-day entrance plan.
“I don’t think it’s by accident that I sat here,” he said during the interview at Nashua High School North.
Robinson, who holds a doctorate in education in leadership and politics and a master’s degree in education, described himself as an approachable leader, an active listener and a motivated learner.
“I have tried to design something that is beneficial to you as a district, but at the end of the day it has to change the performance of our students, because it all depends on the academic results that we produce as students,” he said of the entry plan. .
The new superintendent will replace Jahmal Mosley, who is leaving the district after four years as superintendent to become superintendent of public schools in South Hadley, Massachusetts.