Dr. Kevin Lyons will be stepping down as Masconomet superintendent at the end of the school year. The School Committee has set an aggressive timeline for finding a successor.
Masconomet Superintendent Dr. Kevin Lyons is retiring at the end of the school year. A search committee has been formed to hire his successor, and there will be opportunities for community members to participate in the process.
Lyons has been with Masconomet for five years. In making the announcement of his retirement, the School Committee cited his key accomplishments, including the successful launch of a computer device program that enables students and teachers to access technology when needed and the enhancement of the district’s in-house capabilities to address the needs of special needs students.
In addition, the School Committee said in its statement, “Dr. Lyons also led a representative committee of staff, parents, students, and community to create a new a vision that reflects Masco’s values and articulates what is wanted for students and graduates who need different skill sets and different abilities and attributes to meet the challenges of the future work force and society. The launch of Vision 2025 has begun and will be a helpful roadmap to the future leader of Masconomet.”
During his time at Masconomet, Lyons has talked extensively about the need for education to keep up with the changing nature of work. Change is happening so rapidly, he said, that the old model of teaching facts won’t prepare students to enter the workforce.
“There are skills that are really important for what our students will face in the new economy,” he said.
Students, Lyons said, need to be flexible and resilient and have the strong social-emotional skills needed be successful in team environments.
One of the issues on Lyons’ mind going into his final year at Masconomet is the state of the district’s facilities. There are some critical repairs and upgrades that need to be done soon. He said he understands the financial implications as the district would be taking on expensive projects, but he doesn’t want to see Masconomet lose its stature as a model for other schools.
“The towns have a lot on their plates,” he said, “but Masconomet is a great asset. It needs to be preserved.”
“We wish Dr. Lyons the best of luck in his retirement,” School Committee Chairman William Hodges said in a statement. “We were able to have him extend his contract for this year and would have lengthened it beyond that, but we understand his decision. We thank him for leaving the District in great shape and with a vision for the future.“
Search for a successor
Superintendent Search Committee member Zillie Bhuju, of Topsfield, said the committee has set an aggressive timeline for hiring Lyons’ successor. The School Committee is working with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, and the goal is to hire a replacement by Dec. 31. Carolyn Miller, of Boxford, is chairing the Search Committee, which also includes Tasha Cooper, of Middleton.
A Screening Committee will be set up, and it will include the members of the Search Committee and approximately nine other individuals from the community. The Screening Committee will review candidates and recommend a number of semi-finalists for interview by the full Masconomet School Committee.
Community members interested in serving on the Screening Committee should send a letter of interest by Sept. 27, 2018 to Ms. Jacqueline Bolduc, executive assistant to the superintendent, at JBolduc@masconomet.org. You must be available to attend meetings on all of the following dates:
Oct. 9 at 6:30 p.m. for orientation
Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m. for preparation
Oct. 29-31: No meeting; review applications
Nov. 1 at 6:30 p.m. to select semi-finalists
Nov. 12-16 and 26-27 at 5:30 p.m. to interview candidates
In addition, there will be focus groups to gather community and staff input on the desired qualifications of the next superintendent. They will take place on Sept. 20.