Mullin to head Dracut schools

Full story: Lowell Sun

After interviews with the four finalists for the job of superintendent were conducted, W. Spencer Mullin, was unanimously chosen by the School Committee to replace Elaine Espindle as the head of the Dracut ...
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Yankee Boy

Austin, TX

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Oct 23, 2007
 
Typical Dracut Politics at its best. The last person announced for the position and obviously the favorite pick of the school commitee. Well orchestrated. Does this School Committee think the people of Dracut are stupid. The Elections for School Committee can't get here soon enough. It's time for a change.

Since: Oct 07

Dracut, Mass.

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Oct 23, 2007
 
Seems clear that this was decided ahead of time, just as the Housing selection was.
Ralph Lawson

Parker, CO

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Oct 23, 2007
 
Good Job School Committee...
Great to see a Dracut educator who has been a good teacher and administrator and worked to get his doctorate and now will lead the Dracut Schools.
angry parent - educator

Belmont, MA

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Oct 24, 2007
 
What a farce and sham job the entire process was. Dracut had to get there early for a superintendent; so, they could get the best available. Isn't that what we were told. When in reality, Mr. Mullin had the job all along. I'm sure he would have been available any time during the school year. Not too many systems are hiring superintendents whose primary administrative experience is at the middle school principalship level. He may be a very nice man and a former dracut resident and former teacher; however, his experience and talents don't even compare to the other three candidates. Yes, he may have a doctorate ( at an online university), but how about the other three. What were their educational credentials? In a time of ed reform, MCAS, No Child Left Behind, Impacts of Sped, constant overrides to support education, Dracut deserved to have the very best applicant. Unfortunately, town politics and being a former teacher to some of the school committee members counted more than providing the VERY BEST for our children and OUR COMMUNITY. Not only that, Mr. Mercier wants to hire the new superintendent six months before Mrs. Espindile leaves. Is this so she can begin to train him on being a superintendent. How unfair to Mrs. Espindile, after ten years of dedicated service to Dracut, to make her a shadow superintendent for the last part of her Dracut career.
Also, unfair to the taxpayers of Dracut to pay two superintendent salaries. Maybe its to help Mr. Mullin get an early salary start towards his retirement pay?????
Edward Lorden

Leominster, MA

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Oct 24, 2007
 
I am very happy with the selection of Dr. Mullin to lead our public schools. I know that he will put our children first. The school committee deserves our thanks for a speedy, and non-political process.
Bob

Newton Highlands, MA

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Aug 11, 2008
 
Great choice. Dr. Mullin has been a professional throughout his entire career. He should have been leading our schools ten years ago.

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