By GAIL LOWE
WAKEFIELD — At tonight’s school board meeting, members will discuss how to fill the Superintendent’s role currently held by Dr. Stephen K. Zrike.
Zrike will leave Wakefield at the end of the school year to become “receiver” for Holyoke schools, an underperforming school system.
“We have not had any discussions yet about how to fill Dr. Zrike’s position,” said school board Chairman Kate Morgan.
She said that naming Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kim Smith Superintendent is one option. Other options include opening a search for a new Superintendent or searching for an interim Superintendent. There also is the possibility that someone internally could be appointed interim Superintendent or that a vote could be taken to make the Superintendent appointment, subject to successful negotiations of an employment contract.
“There may be more options that arise from tonight’s discussion,” said Morgan.
Other agenda items on tonight’s school board agenda:
• Recognition of school employees who are retiring at the end of the school year. About seven people are expected to attend tonight’s meeting, said Morgan.
• A group of students from the Anti-Defamation League will be spotlighted.
• Announcement that high school English teacher Paul Bavuso will lead the summer reading challenge.
• IT help desk worker Akash Altman will receive a letter of congratulations for his performance on the ACT exam.
• SEEM Fiscal Year 2016 approved budget.
The school board also will vote on the acceptance of Dr. Zrike’s letter of resignation, a formality, according to Morgan.