BLACKSTONE - Kimberly B. Shaver-Hood, who has served as superintendent of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District since 2009, will be leaving the district to become superintendent of schools in Wareham, Mass.
The Wareham School Committee last Wednesday voted 4-1 to enter into contract negotiations with Shaver-Hood, who was one of three finalists vying for the job. If those negotiations are successful, she will replace Wareham School Supt. Barry Rabinovitch, who is leaving the district on July 31.
Shaver-Hoodâ€™s three-year contract with the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District ends this year. In 2011, she was a finalist for the superintendent job in Cohasset, Mass., but did not get the job.
When asked Tuesday if she has accepted the Wareham job, Shaver-Hood said, â€śWeâ€™re in contract negotiations, which Iâ€™m hoping will wrap up by next week. After that, everything else should fall into place.â€ť
Blackstone-Millville Regional School Committee Vice Chairman Steven J. Tringali said yesterday that his committee is still waiting for official confirmation from Shaver-Hood that she has accepted the Wareham job.
â€śAs of today (Tuesday) she hasnâ€™t formally notified the committee,â€ť Tringali said.
In the meantime, Tringali says the Blackstone-Millville Regional School Committee is preparing to begin informal discussions on which direction the district might take to find a new superintendent.
â€śWe havenâ€™t discussed anything yet, but we are planning to hold informal talks tonight and at another meeting later this week,â€ť Tringali said.
Shaver-Hood and the two other finalists were chosen by the Wareham School Committee on May 4. The two other candidates were Elise Frangos, assistant superintendent curriculum, instruction, and assessment for the Old Rochester Regional School District; and Anthony Pope, an educational consultant and former superintendent of Marlborough Public Schools.
The finalists were culled from a field of five semi-finalists who were interviewed by the Wareham School Committee and an interview committee comprised of parents, Wareham Public Schools staff, community and business leaders, the town administrator, and representatives of the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee.
Shaver-Hood was appointed the regional school districtâ€™s interim superintendent in July of 2009 to replace outgoing superintendent Herbert W. Levine and was appointed to the permanent position and given a three-year contract in January of 2010.
She came to the district in March of 2003 to take over as principal of the Frederick W. Hartnett Middle School, a position she held for five years. In July of 2008, she was appointed as assistant superintendent of schools.
Prior to coming to the district, Shaver-Hood was an assistant principal in Pennsylvania.
She has a Bachelorâ€™s degree from Franklin College and a Masterâ€™s degree in secondary education from Indiana University.
She also holds Masterâ€™s degrees in school counseling from Butler University and educational administration from Weidner University.
Shaver-Hood is currently completing her Doctorate at Northeastern University, where she has completed all coursework and is working on her dissertation.