Review Process of Applications
All applications are reviewed to determine the most suitable candidates for current vacancies. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive a telephone call to schedule an interview. If you are not selected, you will be notified by mail. Depending on the number of applications, interviews may take place starting immediately after the closing date or, in some cases, up to four weeks after the closing date.
A screening team conducts all interviews. The team may range in size from two to eight members. All candidates are asked the same questions or are asked to participate in the same activities. Depending on the position, the initial screening may consist of multiple activities. When you are called for the interview, you will be told the nature and length of the screening process. Interviews may be held at the school where the vacancy exists or at the Central Office.
After the interview, the screening team decides which candidates will continue as finalists in the process. Candidates moving forward will be contacted with a telephone call all others will receive letters.
Appointment to a Position
Appointment to a position is made after a candidate has verbally accepted a contract offer. Within a week or sooner after the candidate has accepted, the Superintendent of Schools will issue a letter and contract of employment for the candidate to sign and return thus ensuring that the candidate has accepted the offer. Placement on the salary schedule is made at this time; however, final placement is based on verification of prior years of experience and receipt of official transcripts. Prior years of service are credited in accordance with the New London Education Association Contract. In general, all years teaching in public schools in the United States as well as private schools in Connecticut are given full credit. The position must be half-time or greater to count as a year of service. Partial years count if the teacher has worked more than half of a school year. The New London Public Schools does not negotiate placement on the salary schedule.