Public Schools Administration
Superintendent of Schools (July 21, 2003 - Present).
The costly, secretive, closed-door process
used to select Superintendent Pat Schettini was highly questionable and unfortunate.
John F. Doherty
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Former Superintendent of Schools, Reading, Massachusetts
(1995 - June 30, 2003) and former Superintendent
of Schools, North Andover, Massachusetts (July 01, 2003 - April 2006). Confronted by a sex scandal and other abuses of power he could not conceal or ignore, Harutunian reluctantly admitted his guilt and should have been fired from office. However, for reasons unknown, members of the North Andover School Committee allowed him to resign and granted him a $187,000+ bonus.
Superintendent of Schools, Falmouth, MA, (presently), Associate Superintendent of Schools (July 21, 2003
- 2005), Associate Superintendent of Schools (07/95 - July 01, 2003),
Interim Superintendent of Schools (in the months between Munnelly's
departure and Harutunian's arrival), Assistant Superintendent of Schools
(1993 - 1995).
82 Oakland Road
Post Office Box 180
Reading, Massachusetts 01867
Oakland Road - 781 944 8200 Athletic Director - 781 942 9122 Guidance
Office - 781 942 9135 - Joe Finigan,
Coolidge Middle School
89 Birch Meadow Drive - 781 942 9158 - Was John Doherty but as of July 1, 2005 - Craig Martin,
Parker Middle School
45 Temple Street - 781 944 1236 - Since July 1, 2004, Linda Darisse, Principal
M. Barrows Middle School
16 Edgemont Avenue - 781 942 9166, School
Nurse - 781 942 9168 - Since 1997, Karen Callan, Principal
27 Arthur B. Lord Drive - 781 944 2335 - Guidance Office
- 781 942 9172 - Was Richard Davidson, as of July 1, 2005 - Tom Daniels, Principal. Tom Daniels
(39) from Newton, attended Dartmouth College pursuing degrees in philosophy
and music. Taught at Macon Rice School in Newton, teaching K, first, and
fourth grades. He received National Board Certification and later became
a facilitator for the Board.
Summer Avenue - 781 942 9161 - Was Lisa Pitella Cormier, since July 1, 2004 Patricia de
Wood End Elementary
Sunset Rock Lane - 781-942-5420 - One of Harutunian's last acts was to promise Richard Davidson,
formerly of Birch Meadow, the principalship of Wood End. Since July 1, 2005, Richard Davidson, Principal.
Warren Killam School
333 Charles Street - 781 944 7831 - Guidance Office -
781 942 9176 - Paul J. Guerrette, Principal
Carl McFadden, former Chairman - "Gov. Mitt Romney last month appointed Reading School Committee member
Carl McFadden to the board of directors of MassHousing, which manages a
billion-dollar portfolio and oversees low interest loans to state residents
with low or moderate incomes. McFadden, formerly Romney's chairman on the
Public Education Nominating Council, owns First Call Mortgage, which gave
him the experience to handle the new position, he said." - From the Jan. 19, 2006 Boston Globe, Community Briefing:
J. Dahl, former Chairman and Harutunian crony.
Lisa Gibbs (on school construction):
02/26/04 Advocate Article - "I know the factors taken into account when budgeting because I worked with the Director of Facilities at Lexington Public Schools. Contract negotiations, bid processes, personnel and building maintenance were things I was directly involved in."
2004 Gibbs For School Committee Campaign Flyer - "Goals: Contribute my experience with facilities planning for successful completion of Reading's School Building projects."
Download pages from Gibbs' 2004 Campaign Materials (.pdf, 269 KB)
02/27/06 - "I can speak for myself having grown up in a household where my dad did public and private construction, I am in no way experienced to, you know, ask the questions that perhaps an engineer or someone else should be asking."
Download an audio clip including Gibbs' comments from a 02/27/06 school committee meeting (.mp3, 1.3 MB).
Chris Caruso, the new guy
David Michaud, the other new guy
Former members of the Reading
Rob Spadafora, Chair Voted out of office.
John F. Russo
(resigned, effective June 30) - Conveniently left the committee at the same time Harutunian abdicated his post. Has since moved away from Reading.
Architect, lawyer and prominent member of the Reading School Building Committee that promoted the construction of the new Wood End school, the demolition of most of RMHS and the construction of a New High School and the costly, wasteful renovation of the Barrows elementary school.
Griset, Jr., Chair
Lawyer and trusted advisor to Superintendent Harutunian during his last few years as school chief in Reading, Massachusetts.
"I'm dismayed by the lack of trust that I see,
that flows.. and I've sat for hours now, fighting back the urge to say
this.. that flows from some members of the board of selectmen towards
the school committee."
Griset, Chairman of the Reading School Committee, at a 12/10/02 Selectmen's
meeting [.mp3 download, 2.59 MB].
02/19/03 - Resident Says 'Enough' [.pdf download] - "Enough
of the School Committee. Laying off teachers and classroom aides due
to severe budget constraints, while handing out bonuses
to principals and secretaries and buying back vacation time, does not
show fairness and equity to the heart and soul of our schools."