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Worcester Public Schools Superintendent search public hearings and meeting You may have heard, the schools are on the lookout for a new boss, what with their last one leaping off the hot seat Wile E. Coyote fast on the way back to her hometown in Virginia [see video from a December interview with Melinda J. Boone]. Well, the School Committee has strapped itself to the Acme rocket, so it’s time for parents and voters to pay attention.
There are two community forums and a regular school board meeting planned this week that should have a significant impact on the fortunes of frontrunners South Principal Maureen F. Binienda and interim Superintendent Marco C. Rodrigues, or a less-heralded internal candidate. Both of the Community Involvement Committee’s public hearings begin at 7 p.m. in the school auditoriums below.
Tuesday, Feb. 2 — Doherty Memorial High School, 299 Highland St.; Wednesday, Feb. 3 — North High School, 140 Harrington Way The hearings, also broadcast on Worcester Education Access, will elicit input on the job description and desired qualities of the new superintendent.
Thursday, Feb. 4 — School Committee meeting, 7 p.m., Esther Howland Chamber, City Hall, 455 Main St. The committee, along with its regular agenda, will approve the job description, further advancing the search process. Finalist(s) will be announced on March 3, according to WPS, with a selection expected by March 17. The schools released a detailed timeline (click below).
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Wednesday, Feb. 3 — Clark men’s basketball vs. Coast Guard Academy, 5:30 p.m., Kneller Athletic Center, Clark University, 57 Downing St. Joe Atkinson may not be the squad’s top scorer or flashiest player, but he might just be the Cougars’ most important cog. The 6-foot junior guard from Milford plays about 32 minutes a night (or almost 5 more than anyone else), is first in field goal and 3-point percentage among regulars, is tied for first in rebounds and first in steals. He was fifth in scoring, with 8 points per game, through Friday.
The 5-13 Cougars will face a high-scoring Bears outfit that was 8-9 headed into the weekend and led by senior guard Kevin Alvarez (17.9 points per contest). Atkinson — and Alvarez — should have their hands full.
Thursday, Feb. 4 — Does Religion Promote Violence? lecture, 4:30-6 p.m., Smith Hall, Rehm Library, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. William Cavanaugh (video), the lecturer, wrote a book titled, “The Myth of Religious Violence,” so I don’t know if that’s a spoiler alert or something. A professor of theology at DePaul University, he has established himself as an expert in this divisive and timely topic.
Friday, Feb. 5 — ArtsWorcester 12th annual College Show opening reception, 6-8 p.m., The Aurora Gallery, 660 Main St. More than three-dozen artists from seven area colleges contributed to this much-anticipated juried exhibit that runs through Feb. 26. Prizes will be awarded at the reception, which is free and open to the public. Free parking available in the lot at the corner of Ionic and Beacon streets.
Saturday, Feb. 6 — Alternate College Theatre’s “Chicago,” by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, 2-4 and 8-10 p.m., Fenwick Theatre, O’Kane Hall, College of the Holy Cross, 1 College St. Everything’s coming up Chicago these days. Three city-based TV shows on NBC, its namesake band is going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year — “25 or 6 to 4,” baby — PMI is on the rise, and it doesn’t get its water from Flint River. Now this: A College Hill run of this stage and screen classic, helmed by HC alum Christine Freije (‘13). Tickets are $10 or $15.