School Committee moves forward after superintendent's resignation

Hudson – One year ago, the newly hired superintendent Nina Schlikin said she was happy with her new job.

"I love it here," she said in August 2007. "… I want to support, encourage and maintain the programs in place and then take it to the next level."

And in an interview with reporters one year later, she reiterated her feelings.

"This is an awesome place," she said Aug. 8.

Yet, 10 days later, the Aug. 18 School Committee meeting turned to a non-public meeting to discuss the resignation of Schlikin. Only days away from the start of a new school year, the Hudson School District found itself without a superintendent.

Schlikin, who relocated to the community from her home state of Maine, completed only one year of her three-year contract.

An e-mail message from School Committee Chair Tom Green explains that he is currently unable to discuss Schlikin's resignation because the committee has yet to take any action on it.

But the School Committee is moving forward. In place of Schlikin's picture and message on the schools' website, Acting Superintendent Julianna Bahosh's information is listed as a contact. Green explained that Bahosh is the director of Pupil Services and that the School Committee asked her to step into the role of acting superintendent in Schlikin's absence.

"Julianna has done a tremendous job filling in for Nina," Green says in his e-mail message. "All of the members of the administration team have been meeting to ensure that everything is in place for the start of the school year for new and returning staff members and for all of the students."

At this stage, School Com- mittee members have met with members of the district administrative team. The meeting gave the administrators an opportunity to present work completed by the staff since Schlikin's departure.

According to Green, the meeting also allowed administrators to show how the additional professional development time that was added to the school year calendar will be used. Many of the administrative staff that are in place are the same school and administrative leaders from before former Superintendent Dr. Shelly Berman's departure during the summer of 2007.

"While the resignation of a superintendent could be a difficul t tim e fo r a school district," Green said, "the extra effort that our dedicated and talented team of administrators has put in to ensure that the resignation has no impact on our staff or our students shows that we will be able to not only maintain the quality of our schools but also will be able to continue to improve them, even as we go through this year of transition."

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