School hiring announcements: Finalist for Assistant Superintendent, new Neary Principal

Assistant Superintendent Christine Johnson is set to move up to the top spot at the end of this month. On Friday, the administration has named the candidate they hope to replace her. Principal Gregory Martineau of Hopkinton’s Hopkins Elementary School is their “finalist”.

This Wednesday, from 3:00 – 4:00 pm, parents have an opportunity to meet the candidate. That meeting will take place at the Central Office at Neary School.

The week prior, Neary School’s new principal, Kathleen Valenti was announced. The news came one week after she was named the finalist.

I’ve included both messages below:

Assistant  Superintendent Finalist

A message from Charles Gobron and Christine Johnson …

We are pleased to announce that we have identified our finalist for the position of Assistant Superintendent for the Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough. Gregory Martineau, presently the Principal of the Hopkins Elementary School in Hopkinton, will be visiting our District on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. The visitation schedule is found below.

The Screening Committee, a comprehensive group made up of parent, teacher school committee and administrative representatives, was formed to review resumes and conduct interviews. We thank the members for the time, thoroughness and thoughtful manner in conducting this search process.

Members of the Screening Committee were impressed with Mr. Martineau’s knowledge of 21st century teaching and learning, his experiences integrating technology into curriculum and instruction, and his deep understanding of current initiatives underway across the State and within our District.

Members spoke highly of Mr. Martineau’s commitment to his belief that students are at the center of all our efforts. As a teacher, technology director, and elementary principal, he has been committed to systems thinking, a quality that will help us as we implement our strategic plan. Mr. Martineau has proven himself to be a strong leader whose strengths are evident in building relationships through collaboration and through his calm approach to problem solving.

We invite you to join as we extend a warm welcome to Gregory Martineau.

Shared visitation schedule for Martineau:

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

  • 10:30am – 12:30pm: School Tours
  • 12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch with Northborough and Southborough Administrators
  • 1:30pm – 2:15pm: Meeting with Central Office Administrators
  • 2:15pm – 3:00pm: Meeting with Central Office Support Staff
  • 3:00pm – 4:00pm: Meeting PTOs, SOS, APTO, NSPAC and Parents @ Central Office
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm: Meeting with Superintendent
  • 5:00pm – 6:00pm: Meeting with School Committee Members @ Melican Middle School

Kathleen Valenti Named Neary Principal

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Ms. Kathleen Valenti to the position of principal of the Margaret A. Neary School. Ms. Valenti currently serves as the principal of the Mary K. Goode Elementary School in Middleborough, Massachusetts. Ms. Valenti will be replacing Ms. Linda Murdock, who has done an outstanding job for the past sixteen years, five of them as principal of Neary and eleven years as principal of the P. Brent Trottier Middle School.

As I mentioned last week, members of the Neary School Principal Screening Committee were particularly impressed with Ms. Valenti’s strong commitment to collaboration, her ability to articulate a vision of educational excellence, her proven technology skills, and her experience at using student data to design instructional strategies and improve student learning.

On Monday, May 19th, Ms. Valenti had the opportunity to visit Neary and interact with students, parents, faculty, and staff. She also met with the Central Office administrators as well as Southborough’s principals and assistant principals. I have received excellent feedback from these meetings. Ms. Valenti was impressed with everyone she met and is delighted to become part of the Southborough educational community.

Charles E. Gobron, Ed.D.

(Trottier photo by Susan Fitzgerald; remaining images from the schools’ websites)

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