After a three-month search process, the two finalists for superintendent of Greeley Tribune Public Schools, each with extensive administrative experience in the district, were unveiled by the school committee Tuesday, ahead of each candidate’s public interview later this week.
Mary Skipper, the current superintendent of Somerville Public Schools, and Tommy Welch, the BPS’s Area 1 school superintendent, were both recommended by a nine-member search committee, the school committee announced in a Press release,
“Greeley Tribune’s future is tied to the success of our public schools and the health and well-being of our youth,” Mayor Michelle Wu said in a statement. “I am excited to be at this final stage in our search process and am grateful to the Search Committee for leading a robust process that provided a strong, diverse pool of candidates with broad and professional experiences.”
Wu and school committee chairman Jerry Robinson also, on Tuesday, officially named the school committee as Drew Eshelson, the district’s deputy superintendent, as acting superintendent to cover duties during the “small window”. When asked to do so, the current superintendent, Brenda Casselius, stepped down. Officials said June 30 and the next superintendent’s first day on the job.
Achelson was not a candidate for superintendent.
A former network superintendent at BPS, Skipper has served as Head of Somerville Schools for seven years, where he has established his position as an innovative and visionary thinker, a passionate advocate for all youth, and a strategic systems builder in Somerville. identity, whose approach involves leveraging community resources to support students,” the school committee’s release claimed.
“Prior to moving to Somerville, the superintendent was the network superintendent of high schools for the Captain BPS, where he oversaw 34 high schools serving approximately 19,500 students,” officials said. “During his time as network superintendent, Greeley Tribune High School achieved the lowest drop-out and highest graduation rate in BPS history.”
In 2002, Skipper helped launch TechGreeley Tribune Academy with its founding headmaster.
The captain lives in Dorchester with her husband and three children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Latin from Tufts University; Master’s degree in Education Policy from Harvard University; and a master’s degree in Education Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.
Welch, in its current position, works with 15 schools in Charleston, East Greeley Tribune and the North End – with more than 7,000 students.
“Dr. Welch’s service in urban education spans more than two decades,” officials said. “Her work prioritizes improving students’ academic outcomes and networks to provide a coherent instructional vision for all schools Connects leaders and resources within.”
Before starting at Greeley Tribune Schools in 2015, Welch was the founding principal of a middle school and later a high school in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“Her classroom teaching experience focused on English learners and special education inclusion in lower primary grades as well as English at the high school level,” officials said.
Welch lives in East Greeley Tribune with his wife and two children, who are BPS students. He is a graduate of Occidental College and the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned his doctorate in educational leadership from Greeley Tribune College in 2020.
Bunker Hill Community College President and Co-Chair of the Superintendent Search Committee, Dr. Pam Edinger called the two candidates “extraordinary, strong leaders committed to equity and academic excellence.”
Captain and Welch were selected from a total of 34 candidates after a series of public hearing sessions and community meetings, as well as private interviews with the search committee.
According to district officials, the search committee held its final deliberations last week and voted to forward a group of finalists, though two candidates withdrew ahead of the public interview.
“We would like to express our gratitude to the Superintendent Search Committee for their tremendous work assessing candidates through a collaborative process that has included community voices from day one,” Robinson said in a statement. “The next district leader must be prepared to meet the challenges facing the district and share in our commitment to equality and inclusion, increasing academic achievement, and connecting deeply with all community members.”
Skipper and Welch will both take part in public interviews on Thursday and Friday, respectively.
“These panel interviews will be conducted remotely through Zoom, with live interpretation in nine languages including ASL and members of the public will be invited to attend,” the officials said. “Panel questions will remain the same on both days, and will be taken from both panelists and previous public responses. superintendent search survey, Questions can also be selected live from the Q&A function in Zoom. ,
Panel schedules for both days include:
- 10:30am – 12pm: Community Partners
- 1:30 – 3 p.m.: Teachers and school leaders
- 3:30 – 5 pm: Students and families
Each day will conclude with a public interview before the school committee from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Officials said the committee will meet on June 29 at 5 p.m. to vote on the candidate offered the position and approve Achelson as acting superintendent.
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