SANDWICH – Starting July 1st, 2017, interim superintendent Pamela Gould will no longer be just a fill-in.
The school committee voted unanimously to hire Gould on December 7th but the deal was made official Monday after negotiations were successfully reached.
Committee member Beth Cummings praised Gould at that meeting.
“I liked her from the moment I read her first letter and I look forward to working with her going forward,” Cummings said.
Committee member Kari Ames said that there were some community members who felt an official search process was a better option, but those were in the minority.
“I’m quite confident that the majority would side with having Doctor Gould as our permanent superintendent,” Ames said.
Gould will earn $172,000 her first year as superintendent, with a 2.5 percent increase each year thereafter.
Under her three-year contract, Gould will remain in the position through June 30, 2020. While no automatic extension was included in the deal, the committee may enter into further negotiations following positive evaluations.
Her contract also includes 18 sick days and a travel stipend.
Gould said that the past few months of service to the district have been a privilege.
“You know you’re in the place you’re supposed to be in when, in a good way, you feel like you’ve been here forever,” Gould said.
The new superintendent was serving as an assistant superintendent in Plymouth before being assigned to her current interim role earlier this year.