Feb 032014

After two weeks of negotiating the details, the Groton-Dunstable Regional School Committee has signed a contract with Chelmsford Assistant Superintendent Dr. Kristan Rodriguez to become the district’s superintendent on July 1, 2014. She succeeds Dr. Anthony Bent, who has served as interim superintendent for two years.

Dr. Kristan RodriguezArt Campbell | The Groton Line

Dr. Kristan Rodriguez

“We’re very excited to be moving forward. Although she doesn’t take the helm until July, she’s been in the district two nights this past week to attend the (2014 budget) information sessions in Groton and Dunstable,” School Committee Chair Alison Manugian wrote in an email.

She also wrote, “Whenever possible the contract is standardized with other senior administrative staff at GD. The contract is a 3-year contract with two single year extensions, provided we don’t notify Dr. Rodriguez otherwise 12 months in advance. Salary for the first year is $168,000. We are excited that Dr. Rodriguez will be participating in a 3-year New Superintendent Induction Program through the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.”

Rodriguez is happy to be on board. She wrote, “I have been so warmly welcomed into the Groton-Dunstable community. While just the beginning, the meetings I have attended and the people I have met have provided great insight into the quality and character of the community. This is a community that wants to work together to provide the best education for its children. Throughout the late winter and into the spring, I will continue to attend evening events. I will share my entry plan over the summer.”