HE’S SIGNED: Wilmington School Committee Ratifies Contract With Dr. Glenn Brand As Next Superintendent

WILMINGTON, MA — After emerging from a 45-minute Executive Session, the Wilmington School Committee unanimously ratified a 3-year contract with Dr. Glenn Brand on Wednesday night to become the district’s next Superintendent effective July 1, 2018.

Brand was present at the meeting and signed the contract after each School Committee member did so.

“We are thrilled to have you,” School Committee Chair Steve Bjork told Brand. “This is a wonderful day for Wilmington.”

“You’ll be glad to know that everywhere we went in town, we kept getting asked — ‘did he sign yet?’,” added School Committee member Peggy Kane.

Brand was chosen as Superintendent back on February 14. Bjork announced that Brand and the School Committee’s negotiation team reached an agreement back on February 28.  It was anticipated the School Committee and Brand would sign a contract last week on March 14, but that meeting was postponed due to a snowstorm.

In light of the controversy surrounding former Superintendent Mary DeLai’s contract, Wilmington Apple will seek out the contract details.

Brand comes to Wilmington with more than 20 years of experience in public education in Massachusetts and Canada. He most recently served as Assistant Superintendent of Sharon Public Schools (July 2011-June 2014) and Superintendent of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District (July 2014-June 2017). He has a broad background in education, having held leadership positions at both a district and building level, coupled with classroom teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels. Brand proved to be a highly sought after Superintendent candidate, having been declared a finalist in multiple superintendent searches over the past few months.

The Wilmington School Committee also announced that Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero will be going back to his old position, but with a new title. Ruggiero’s position title has been changed from “Director of Administration and Finance” to “Assistant Superintendent of Administration and Finance.”

Ruggiero thanked members of his leadership team, principals and teachers, noting the district got through the past two years “as a team.”

“We owe you a debt of gratitude for the way you’ve led us over the past couple of years during tumultuous times,” School Committee Chair Steve Bjork told Ruggiero, who has been with the district since 2008. “Thank you for being our rock for so many years.”

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3 thoughts

  1. How can we find all of the 2016 executive session minutes? Also, any updates on the Lowell Sun’s appeal of one meeting’s minutes, on the grounds that they didn’t reflect the full nature of the discussion?

  2. Good that you’re asking for them. It’s always a good idea to pay attention to exec sessions. Familiarize yourself with the state Open Meeting Law, if you’re not up on it already. Knowing the law gives you a lot of power.
    They have to open the meeting in open session and then vote to go into exec session. If I was in the room, I would sit there and wait until they take that vote. They have to state the purpose of the exec session before going in, and they’re restricted to discussing only that subject. There are about 7 specific reasons for allowing an exec session. If they say it’s for discussing litigation, it has to be for actual litigation. They have to keep minutes and once the reason has become moot, they have to release the minutes. Speak to the mgr’s secretary. Ask questions, be informed, be firm, be civil. And if they seem to be stonewalling, certainly speak out.

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