HAVERHILL — The School Committee plans to hold public interviews of three candidates for the position of assistant school superintendent when it meets Thursday night at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers.
The district has been without an assistant superintendent for this entire school year, according to the mayor's office.
A screening committee that included principals, administrators and School Committee members Scott Wood and Gail Sullivan, reviewed 19 applications that were received in response to a job posting, and of those, five applicants were interviewed by that committee, which then forwarded three finalists to the School Committee.
According to the mayor's office, the job pays between $150,000 and $165,000, depending on qualifications.
The three finalists will be interviewed in public at Thursday’s School Committee meeting, where a single finalist could be chosen.
The three finalists to be interviewed are: Ian Gosselin, school business administrator for Methuen's public schools; Michael Pfifferling, school business administrator for Wakefield's public schools, and Peter Gray, director of finance for Natick's public schools.
Gosselin noted in his application that in addition to being a parent of school-age children, he spent four years on the Methuen School Committee and two years as treasurer of the Lawrence Teachers Union (Treasurer).
He said his background includes teaching as a regular education teacher in inclusive special education classes, and that since 2005, his jobs have included middle school assistant principal and principal, headmaster of a regional high school, and supervising principal of a pre-K to grade 8 grammar school. For the past five years he has served as school business administrator for Methuen's schools.
Pfifferling, a 1989 graduate of Haverhill High School, noted he has served as the school business administrator for Wakefield's schools since 2012, and that his accomplishments included updating procurement procedures, completing a middle school building project, reformatting the district's financial processes, reporting and management, overseeing and redesigning the district's transportation of students, and overseeing facilities management.
Gray, who has served as director of finance for Natick's schools since 2016, noted that his background includes serving as the interim superintendent of schools as well as the assistant superintendent of schools for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District, and assistant superintendent of schools for the Carver Public Schools.