Wareham superintendent withdraws from Stoneham search

By Andrea Ray | Feb 15, 2017
Photo by: Jaime Rebhan

Wareham Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood has withdrawn her name from consideration in the search for a Stoneham superintendent.

Shaver-Hood announced her decision at the end of Wednesday night's school committee meeting. "On further reflection, there's no place I'd rather be than Wareham," she said. "We are making progress. I'm very confident that with all the incredible people we have with us, we'll be successful."

Shaver-Hood was a finalist for the Stoneham position until she withdrew her name. She was also a semi-finalist in Franklin's superintendent search earlier this year, but was passed over when finalists were announced.

Committee member Mary Morgan weighed in on the announcement after the meeting. "I know she means well, but I'm not sure she understands the needs of Wareham students," she explained. "She did bring the International Baccalaureate in, but we have options already for students who are going to college. I feel we need more focus on the students who aren't going to go to college. Vocations are a perfectly valid option, and we need more opportunities for those students."

Shaver-Hood was hired at Wareham three years ago, following the departure of former Superintendent Barry Rabinovitch. Before beginning at Wareham, she was the Superintendent of the Blackstone-Millville Regional District.

Comments (13)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 15, 2017 23:39

Does this really deserve a Breaking News Email Alert?

 

Here is a definition that I found online:

 

Breaking news refers to events that are currently developing, or "breaking." Breaking news usually refers to events that are unexpected, such as a plane crash or building fire.

 

Although this Shaver-Hood saga can be associated with a train wreck, it is nothing more than coverage of a fickle civil servant.  We didn't need the breaking news alert. Instead of using it for the superintendent that cried wolf, save it for the next time Covanta burns for a few days.

 

I guess she's going to grace us with her presence for a little while longer.



Posted by: Beaver Dam | Feb 15, 2017 23:55

Fire her now. She does not want be here.



Posted by: cranapple | Feb 16, 2017 05:24

  1. Please stop with the negatives. If you have worked hard all year and didn't get a raise, wouldn't you look to leave? You would feel disrespected to some degree. I don't personally know her, but, I think she means well and there will be good change coming to Wareham. Let's give her a chance. She answers family concerns and has made changes. Let's make Wareham as great as these towna you were looking at. Please start a wellness program, year round school gardens that all grades participate in. Feed the kids from the school gardens take away these cans. Out school land to good use. Take candy out of the schools, less homework, no standardized tests, more free thinking and creativity. Let the students guide some of their learning and interests. Bring college students from Harvard, MIT, BU, Northeastern Babson etc. To work with the kids on emgineering, math, science etc. MAKE WAREHAM WONDERFUL!



Posted by: Uptohere | Feb 16, 2017 05:47

Now she wants to stay?  No. If we have to keep her to finish off her contract fine but start looking to replace her. Wareham is not a revolving door. And she did get a raise and under doubious circumstances.

I still haven't read who made up that contract of she has that does nothing for the town. That needs to have some loops holes Fixed and the pay lowered.



Posted by: WWareham resident | Feb 16, 2017 09:15

SHE needs to go and NOW.  Nowhere in the real world do you make your job search public and then pull out and decide you want to stay. That is BS and the town needs to can her fast. If they keep her on it proves how corrupt and inept our town leaders are and it's very sad.



Posted by: WWareham resident | Feb 16, 2017 09:37

BTW, I get an urgent town e-mail about this trader changing her mind last night, really???

Breaking News Alert
Wareham
2/15/2017

Wareham superintendent withdraws from Stoneham search

Wareham Superintendent Kimberly Shaver-Hood has withdrawn her name from consideration in the search for a Stoneham superintendent. Shaver-Hood announced her decision at the end of Wednesday night's school committee meeting. "On further reflection, there's no place I'd rather be than Wareham," she said. "We are making progress. I'm very confident that with all the incredible people we have with us, we'll be ...

 

On futher reflection you mam, need to step down from your current position in Wareham. You are not deserving of being part of our town administration any longer. I wonder if she was told that the Stoneham job was going to someone else and then back peddled ?



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Feb 16, 2017 10:54

Cranapple - She did a get a raise, maybe just not as big a raise as she wanted. Here's a thought, it's not unusual for school superintendents in towns faced with budget constraints to turn down raises.

 

For article covering Shaver-Hood's raise:

 

http://wareham-ma.villagesoup.com/p/superintendent-earns-raise-following-positive-evaluation/1591602#1592519

 

 



Posted by: cranky pants | Feb 16, 2017 12:37

She pulled this same move when in Blackstone... She opted to bid for Cohasset and got passed over for that, then eventually left Blackstone to come to Wareham.

I'm wondering what the change of heart was, why did she really withdraw from the running ?

Seems to be a pattern here, or she's maybe just a shaker and a mover. Either way, my vote would be to ditch her before she ditches our students.

 



Posted by: Andrea Smith | Feb 16, 2017 13:59

Perhaps an assumption that potential employers check out the news articles and commentary beneath them available online through local newspapers?



Posted by: cranapple | Feb 16, 2017 14:31

Andrea Smith thank you for sharing that article. Thought she didn't. Maybe she is a shaker and a mover. I just say we give her another chance. Us parents need to go to her and ask for what we want. She seems to have an open door policy. No one is perfect. Just playing Devils advocate.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 16, 2017 14:49

As foolish as it sounds, today's confidentiality and privacy rules forbid formally researching a pontential hire by means other than what they disclose in their resume or what their references state.  That's the truth.  Crazy.  The Town of Wareham can't technically dig very far.

 

 



Posted by: Steve Holmes | Feb 18, 2017 10:50

Actually WBTS the names of candidates, become a matter of public record at some point in the process. Interviews are done on TV especially for the finalist. But as I recall from being on the other side of the desk, their documents, resumes, and other paperwork, were to be held in the strictness of confidentiality. The last time we did the TA position, there were many resumes involved, and I had to personally go in the office to get my packet, hand delivered to me, then once the position was filled had to destroy said packet. The fact that Kim is the current Superintendent and a public figure opens her up to having her name published as a candidate, and that's fair game, but her packet of the information she provides, unless something has changed remains private. During the public interview process, questions are asked and answered for all to hear. One can guess that the question came from the packet, but as far as I know the packet cannot be referenced. I am sure Mr. T can expand on this but there are several laws that guide the control of this information.



Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | Feb 20, 2017 19:42

Steve, thanks.  That is reassuring. At the private sector company that I work for HR cannot investigate a potential hire by Googling their name, doing private background checks, CORIs, searching the newspapers near their homes, etc.  If it's not on their application, in their resume, or stated by their references it cannot "technically" be used to prevent their hire.  We developed a workaround due to something that happened.  Interviewing managers now conduct their own research and use it accordingly when making recommendations.  I start by Googling and searching their name in and around all places they've lived and worked. Newspapers, police logs, etc. Then I check Facebook and Twitter. Facebook alone can be a wealth of info on someone. It's amazing what people put on Facebook about themselves!

 

 



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