Tonight, with a unanimous vote, the School Committee approved Andrew Bott as the new Superintendent of the Public Schools of Brookline pending successful contract negotiations.
The School Committee had three highly qualified candidates to choose from. Though they brought varying experiences from various types of districts, they respectively had strengths and qualities that would greatly benefit the Public Schools of Brookline. The School Committee considers itself fortunate to have the opportunity to make this difficult choice among such candidates.
Andrew Bott is an inspiring leader who will build a great future for the Public Schools of Brookline. He brings 14 years as a principal in Boston and in Brookline and has proven himself as an intelligent, creative problem solver who has faced daunting challenges and produced remarkable sustained results for schools and students. As evidenced in feedback from the Finalist Review Committee, the general public, and the Lincoln School community, Mr. Bott engages, partners, and communicates effectively with parents, community members, and educators. In addition, as demonstrated in his early work with Lincoln School, he is committed to educational equity and has a track record of recruiting and retaining high quality educators of color.
The School Committee is excited to support and work with Andrew Bott as the new Superintendent of the Public Schools of Brookline.
BIG TV has posted the videos of the public interviews of all three finalist candidates. To view these videos, please visit the BIG TV YouTube channel.
The School Committee is asking for input from those teachers, staff, parents, and community members who have met with the finalist candidates or viewed the public interviews. To provide input on any of the finalists please click on the appropriate link below.
If you have met Dr. Bernard Taylor and would like to provide input for the School Committee to consider, please click here and complete the form.
If you have met Andrew Bott and would like to provide input for the School Committee to consider, please click here and complete the form.
If you have met Jon Sills and would like to provide input for the School Committee to consider, please click here and complete the form.
(Friday, February 12) The Brookline School Committee announced today three finalists in its search for a new Superintendent of Schools – Andrew Bott, principal of the Lincoln School in Brookline; Jon Sills, superintendent in Bedford, Massachusetts; and Dr. Bernard Taylor, formerly the superintendent in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
During the week of February 22nd, each candidate will spend a day in Brookline visiting schools and interviewing with principals, teachers, staff, students, parents, community members, and district leaders.
Click here for the interview and meeting schedule for all three finalists.
To learn how community members can participate in reviewing the finalist candidates, please read the Finalist Review Process.
The members of the Finalist Review Committee are listed here.
Andrew Bott is the principal at the Lincoln School in Brookline. Prior to joining the Public Schools of Brookline, Mr. Bott was a principal in Boston, MA, most recently at the Orchard Gardens School.
Jon Sills is the superintendent of the Bedford Public Schools in Bedford, MA. Prior to becoming the superintendent in Bedford, Mr. Sills served as the principal of Bedford High School.
Dr. Bernard Taylor was the superintendent of schools in East Baton Rouge, LA from 2012 to 2015. Dr. Taylor has also been superintendent for the Grand Rapids, MI public schools and the Kansas City, MO public schools.
To review the resumes of the three finalists, please click here.
The three finalists were selected from a nationally recruited pool of 29 candidates after screening and interviews by the Superintendent Search Subcommittee of the School Committee. The pool of candidates consisted of the following profile:
28% African American
48% Current, Former or Interim Superintendents
Hundreds of community members, teachers, parents, district staff, and students have participated in the search process through five Community-wide Forums, more than 30 Focus Groups, and an online survey that was open during December and January.
The members of the Superintendent Search Subcommittee are School Committee Chair Susan Wolf Ditkoff and School Committee members, Dr. Lisa Jackson, Helen Charlupski, and Ben Chang. The members of the subcommittee represent a diverse cross section of the Brookline community across gender, race, and tenure and role on the committee.
Atlantic Research Partners has assisted the School Committee in the search process since it began in November 2015. “Jim Huge and his team at Atlantic Research Partners have been a tremendous help to the School Committee and the Superintendent Search Subcommittee. They did a remarkable job recruiting a very strong and diverse candidate pool from across the nation. We are very pleased with the number and quality of the candidates,” said Dr. Jackson, who chaired the search process for the School Committee.
The search for Brookline’s next superintendent continues on schedule. During December and January, Atlantic Research Partners gathered input from hundreds of community members about the qualities they want in Brookline’s next superintendent. Parents, community members, staff, and students participated in five community forums, more than 30 Focus Groups and an online survey. Atlantic Research Partners used this input to create a Leadership Profile that the School Committee has used to help them select candidates to be interviewed.
The application deadline for candidates was January 15th. As is customary in superintendent searches, the candidates’ names remain confidential at this point in the process. Releasing names of candidates at this early juncture could jeopardize the positions the applicants currently hold. The composition of the applicant pool is:
28% African American
48% Current, Former or Interim Superintendents
During the week of February 1st the Superintendent Search Subcommittee of the School Committee held the first round of interviews. The members of the Subcommittee are School Committee Chair Susan Wolf Ditkoff and School Committee members, Dr. Lisa Jackson, Helen Charlupski, and Ben Chang. The members of the subcommittee represent a diverse cross section of the Brookline community across gender, race, and tenure and role on the committee.
The Subcommittee has completed the first round interviews and the School Committee hopes to name finalists by the end of the week of February 8th.
Superintendent Search Online Survey Launched
The School Committee would like your input on which characteristics our next superintendent should have. The survey is open to parents, students, families, teachers, staff, and community members.
Your input will help create a Leadership Profile for the next superintendent that the School Committee and Atlantic Research will use when recruiting, reviewing and selecting superintendent candidates.
Please participate in the Superintendent Search Survey and you will help advise the School Committee on the skills you wish to see in our next Superintendent.
See below for the complete overview of the Superintendent Search Process including the timeline and details about the five Public Forums and 36 Focus Groups the School Committee is hosting to gather input from the community.
The School Committee released today the Community Forum and Focus Group schedule for the Superintendent Search Process.
There will be five Community-wide Forums open to all members of the public and dozens of Focus Groups with school partner organizations, town agencies, and school staff, faculty and administrators.
These meetings will allow hundreds of community members and staff to participate in the process of selecting our new superintendent. The input gathered at these sessions will help create a Leadership Profile that will be used for recruiting, reviewing, and selecting candidates.
The Community-wide Forums that are open to all community members are scheduled as follows:
Monday, December 14th -- Brookline High School Auditorium – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 16th -- Town Hall, 5th Floor – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Monday, January 4th -- Town Hall, 5th Floor – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 5th -- Lincoln School – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 6th -- Baker School – 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
For a full listing of all Focus Groups, an Overview of Community Involvement options, or the Superintendent Search Timeline & Process, please click on the links to the right.
On November 24, the School Committee voted unanimously to approve the proposal of Atlantic Research Partners to provide expert guidance and assist the school district in hiring its next superintendent. Atlantic Research was one of four firms considered through a competitive procurement process. The selection team included: Selectman and former School Committee Chair Nancy Heller; School Committee Vice Chair Barbara Scotto; and School Committee Members Helen Charlupski, Dr. Lisa Jackson and Rebecca Stone.
Atlantic’s team will be led by Jim Huge, a former superintendent of Cherry Creek Schools (CO) who has directed more than 100 superintendent searches. Dr. James Hager, president of Atlantic Research and Dr. Peter Gorman, former superintendent of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (NC) will also be part of Atlantic’s team.
Atlantic will begin working with the School Committee at the November 30th committee meeting to further define the process, timeline, and community engagement that will lead to hiring a new superintendent in Spring 2016.
On October 29th, the School Committee voted unanimously to name Dr. Joseph Connelly as Interim Superintendent of the Public Schools of Brookline.
The Interim Superintendent Search Committee considered 11 candidates and recommended Dr. Connelly, citing his decades of experience as a superintendent, principal, and teacher and his prior work in Brookline as an acting principal.
Speaking for the Screening Committee, School Committee Member Helen Charlupski noted, “Dr. Connelly knows and understands Brookline's current short-term and long-term initiatives, and we are confident in his ability to be able to move them forward immediately.”
Dr. Connelly’s appointment is contingent upon the issuance of a Critical Shortage Waiver by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The School Committee will apply for this waiver on October 30th.
The School Committee is also in the process of identifying an executive recruitment firm to assist the school district in hiring its next superintendent. Once hired, the executive recruitment firm will work with the School Committee to create the timeline and process for recruiting, screening, and selecting candidates. The RFP for executive recruitment firms was released on October 20th. Proposals are due on November 5th.
The School Committee has started the process for identifying and hiring an executive recruitment firm to assist the school district in hiring its next superintendent. Once hired, the executive recruitment firm will work with the School Committee to create the timeline and process for recruiting, screening, and selecting candidates. The firm will also assist the Committee in developing a process for gathering input from members of the Brookline community. The RFP for executive recruitment firms was released on October 20th. Proposals are due on November 5th.
The process for hiring an Interim Superintendent continues with applications being reviewed during the week of October 19th.
At it's October 8th meeting, the School Committee reviewed the timeline and process for hiring Brookline's next superintendent. One of the first steps in this process is to contract with a search firm that will assist the Committee in selecting our school system's next leader. This week staff and the School Committee are finalizing the Request for Proposal for firms to apply to work with us. We anticipate this RFP to be released during the week of October 19th. At that time, timelines for both hiring the search firm and for the superintendent search will be posted here.
Also, the district is in the process of hiring an Interim Superintendent. This position was posted on October 1st and and can be found here. The application deadline is Friday, October 16th. Starting on October 19th, Dr. Joe Connelly will serve as the Acting Interim Superintendent until the Interim Superintendent is hired.
On September 29th, Dr. Lupini informed the School Committee that he is resigning his position as Superintendent of Schools in Brookline. Dr. Lupini has spent countless early mornings and long days serving the children and families of Brookline, and we are very grateful for his 11 years of dedication. We congratulate him and wish him the very best in his new role.
The School Committee will be developing and communicating a specific Superintendent transition timeline in the coming days. On September 29th, the School Committee had its fourth discussion in open session regarding the transition process. At this meeting, the School Committee appointed Dr. Joe Connelly as "Acting Interim Superintendent of Schools," to be effective on October 19th. We are also beginning a process to identify an "Interim Superintendent" who will serve until the 2016-2017 school year.
The superintendent search process will be discussed in more detail at our next School Committee meeting on October 8th. This webpage will be updated regularly to help keep the public informed about the search process. Please see the Stay Informed section below to learn how you can sign up for email updates.