NORTHFIELD – After interviewing three candidates in one night, the Pioneer Valley Regional School District School Committee voted to begin negotiations with The management solution inc. (TMS) to serve as district business manager.
Andy Paquette, President and Owner of TMS, was interviewed in front of the school committee via video chat on August 18. After deliberation, the members voted to offer TMS the position of commercial director. A salary or associated fees for the company’s services are still being negotiated, along with the length of the contract, according to school committee member Alan Genovese, who chaired the sales director search subcommittee.
The other two candidates interviewed for the role of business manager were Juli Copoys, who recently worked as an academic affairs administrator for the South Buffalo Charter School in Buffalo, NY, and Peter Roche, who worked as a guest lecturer at Framingham State University. and as Business Manager for Beacon Charter School in Woonsocket, RI
Paquette said TMS will be in existence for 15 years in September and its primary focus is “to provide school districts across New England with business management services” on an interim or extended basis. He said the company designates a TMS employee as the primary contact person for the school district administration and school committee, but the whole company then provides “behind the scenes” support.
“The bullpen, as I affectionately call it, you won’t see them,” Paquette said.
Prompted by the Pioneer School Committee’s questions about success in other districts, he said a history of TMS has shown it “can make big changes in less than a year.”
“Even I would say, six months or less, if you wanted to look at a schedule for that, because we’re just bringing in the volume of experience that we have and the bandwidth that we have,” Paquette said. “With our full-time and part-time staff at our disposal, we have many resources ready to help districts. ”
While the details of the Pioneer-TMS contract are being negotiated, Paquette told the school committee that a primary contact typically works on-site in the district for a few days a week and will be in “constant contact” while working remotely. the rest of the week, in addition to attending a school committee meeting each month.
School committee chair Julie Burke noted that the Pioneer Valley Regional School District is currently operating under state oversight. Paquette said his company had experience working with districts under these circumstances.
During the discussion after the interviews, school committee member Michele Giarusso said she was in favor of TMS, noting the company’s experience in implementing cost-saving measures in other school districts. She said TMS has been working with the Greenfield School Department for several years and that after a six-month contract last year, the Mohawk Trail and Hawlemont Regional School Districts renewed their contract with TMS for another full year. .
“I think what I liked the most about them is that they have a very comprehensive depth and breadth of knowledge in a variety of areas,” Genovese said of TMS.
School committee member Stephanie Winslow said she was “blown away” by Paquette’s knowledge and the depth of service TMS is ready to provide. Another committee member, Michael Townsley, said he values the company’s experience and there is no minimum time required to establish a contract, leaving the district open to extend a contract with TMS or search for individual people to fill the role at a later date.
Townsley offered the job to TMS and began negotiations for a contract. Ten members voted in favor, with Nathan Swartz abstaining because he was not present at Paquette’s interview at the start of the meeting. Member David Young was absent.
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