Superintendent Pamela A. Gould has apologized to the Sandwich School Committee for not following the proper protocol in hiring the district’s new pupil services director, Bernard McNamara.
In accordance with Massachusetts General Law, the school committee had the responsibility to interview and hire the new special education director. Ms. Gould hired Mr. McNamara without consulting the school board.
Mr. McNamara attended the board’s meeting on Wednesday, August 21, for the purpose of being interviewed. But during the interview, vice chairman Kerri L. Ames stated that Mr. McNamara’s hiring had already been publicized, citing a newspaper article about his appointment.
Dr. Gould said that the misstep was entirely her fault and that she did not realize that filling the position was the responsibility of the school board when she hired Mr. McNamara. She said that she was caught up in filling the position with the right person and did not review the policy before offering the job to Mr. McNamara.
The board took a vote to approve hiring Mr. McNamara as the pupil services director, after member Kristin Bader made a motion to do so. The motion was seconded by Donald DiGiacomo.
Ms. Bader, Mr. Digiacomo, chairman Sean P. Rausch, and Angela Dalpe-Healy voted in favor of the motion. Ms. Ames was opposed. Board member James J. Dever abstained from the vote and Sheri L. Erikson was absent from the meeting.
Following the vote, the board took a brief recess to enter into executive session. While in session, the board approved a contract for Mr. McNamara.
Mr. McNamara started with the district on August 2. He was formerly a special education administrator for the Hanover Public Schools.