The deadline to apply for the position of superintendent of the Waltham school district passed this week, on Friday, Oct. 4, according to an Oct. 4 Waltham Patch article. The school committee is set to review the applications in the upcoming week, and interviews for the position will begin four days after the review is complete.

Superintendent Drew Echelson stepped down after nearly four years in the position, starting in 2015, Patch reported on Nov. 7, 2018. Patch later reported that he stepped down to take a job at his alma mater, Harvard University, as the director of an educational leadership program, according to a Nov. 8, 2018 Patch article.

The interim superintendent has been George Frost ’68, who, according to an April 26 Patch article, was previously the administrator of human resources for Waltham Public Schools since 2012. 

One issue that the incoming superintendent will face is the $374 million Waltham High School project to build a new high school — the most expensive high school plan in the state — according to a Sept. 10 Waltham Wicked Local article.

According to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ job posting for the position, the new superintendent should expect to start on July 1, 2020.

The qualifications listed on the Massachusetts Association of School Committees’ brochure for the role are:  “Licensed or eligible for licensure as a superintendent in Massachusetts, minimum of master’s degree; advanced degree preferred, minimum of ten years in education, including five years of administrative and/or central office experience and five years teaching experience.”

 —Jason Frank