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Stone Heading Back to Dracut for Superintendent Job

Peabody's special education director was just hired to return to Dracut as that school district's new superintendent.

Steven Stone, the Peabody schools' special education director, will be returning to Dracut soon.

Stone, 47, was hired last week to become Dracut's new superintendent, reports the Lowell Sun. That creates the fourth administrative vacancy now () before incoming Peabody Superintendent Joseph Mastrocola is set to take over on July 1.

Stone was hired in 2010 to replace Patricia Bullard, who also departed after two years in the post. Bullard took a similar job in North Reading. She was promoted to the Peabody job after Jean Shea retired.

The Sun reports that Stone, who served as Dracut's special education director before coming to Peabody, was initially considered for the top post by some of that town's school board members before a decision was then made to conduct a widespread search. This time Stone was one of three finalists.

He was also a finalist in a superintendent search in Billerica this spring.

The initial offer for the Dracut job was $149,500, according to the Sun, and plans are for Stone to begin July 1. He earned $103,000 last year in Peabody.

Sarah Elizabeth Chambers June 19, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Dracut parents of students with special needs should be up in arms about the decision to bring Stone back into the district as Superintendent. The Dracut school committee seems to have forgotten (or maybe they never knew in the first place) that it was under Stone's watch as special education director that Dracut became the poster child for how NOT to support students with special needs as they prepare to leave high school. In litigation at the Massachusetts Bureau of Special Education Appeals (Dracut Public Schools, BSEA #08-5330) Dracut was taken to task for its failure to provide a student with adequate services in the area of planning for post-secondary activities, and was required to provide compensation in the form of two additional years of meaningful transition services despite the fact the student had passed MCAS and was eligible for his high school diploma. This cost Dracut a pretty penny, and it cost the student a two year delay in his plans for life after high school graduation. The full hearing decision is here http://www.doe.mass.edu/bsea/decisions/08-5330.doc I hardly think, after Stone cost Dracut so much, that it is wise to reward him with a higher ranked and higher paying job. Does anyone else see a problem here? Ellen M. Chambers, MBA Consultant Special Education Rights & Process Massachusetts (978) 433-5983 emchambers@charter.net

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