Sunday June 3, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A public school administrator from eastern Mass achusetts is poised to become the city’s new deputy superintendent of schools.

The Pittsfield School Committee has unanimously agreed to offer the job to N. Tracy Crowe, a math coordinator and assistant high school principal in Marblehead, pending successful contract negotiations with committee leaders. Salary and length of contract are among the bargaining issues, according to School Committee Chairman Alfred E. "Alf" Barbalunga.

If hired, Crowe would succeed Barbara Malkas, who is leaving as second in command later this month to become the public school superintendent in Webster on July 1.

Crowe could not be reached for comment.

Overseeing curriculum development, evaluating school district policies, working closely with principals and monitoring teacher performance are among the duties of Pittsfield’s deputy school superintendent.

The school committee chose Crowe over Katherine Scheidler, a teacher and curriculum consultant for the Hamilton-Wenham Regional School District. The board had dropped from consideration a third finalist, following 90 minutes worth of interviews of all three during its May 23 session.

The committee’s choice of Crowe was based on additional research of the remaining two candidates for the position.

"[Crowe] was the unanimous choice because of the outstanding feedback from the committee members who did further background checks of the candidates," Barbalunga said.


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He added, "The committee was also impressed that Crowe was willing to make a commitment to Pittsfield."

Crowe taught for 26 years at a vocational-technical school before embarking on an administrative career that includes being an assistant principal and doing curriculum development. Prior to working in Marblehead, she was the principal of a virtual academy based in the Greenfield public school system during the 2010-2011 academic year.

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