Superintendent plans on 'listening and learning'

During the Board of Education’s special meeting on Monday, July 21, Superintendent Kevin Smith shared his entry plan as new head of the school district.

“The big picture of the entry plan is all about just listening and learning right now,” Dr. Smith told the board.

Dr. Smith said he is “very interested” in learning more about the district’s plan for special education.

“That’s rising to the top of my priority list very quickly,” said Dr. Smith. “I have a lot to learn there and I expect to learn much more there.”

Dr. Smith said he has learned a lot by meeting with committees and community members

“I had the opportunity to meet with the Miller-Driscoll Building Committee, and I attended a Miller-Driscoll meeting,” Dr. Smith told the board, referring to the project as “a very exciting process.”

“I had some follow-up meetings with some folks I met through the meet-and-greets, and those have been very interesting,” said Dr. Smith.

“I have also had the chance to meet with the new fire chief, who expressed a real desire to get back involved with the schools.”

When asked by Board of Education member Christine Finkelstein whether he has had “any unexpected surprises” or issues, Dr. Smith said he has had no surprises.

However, Dr. Smith added, “We’re going to go into executive session to discuss an issue, and that would be my biggest concern.”

According to the July 21 meeting agenda, the Board of Education discussed attorney-client privileged communication during its executive session.