New School Superintendent Begins Entry Plan; Will Conduct Listening Tours & Community Survey This Fall

WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand presented his entry plan to the Wilmington School Committee last month.

“Insights acquired through this process will be used to help inform and guide my work and the work of the leadership team, as well as the future direction of Wilmington Public Schools,” Brand wrote in his presentation to the School Committee. “New beginners for leaders require learning first before ‘running’. Relationships are key to the work ahead.”

The purpose of the entry plan centers around:

  • Developing a comprehensive understanding of Wilmington Public Schools and the ideas and aspirations which stakeholders hold for the school system
  • Building relationships with stakeholders in Wilmington Public Schools and the Town of Wilmington
  • Assisting in establishing short-term and long-term academic and operational goals

The goals of the entry plan include:

  • Familiarizing self with the people and programs
  • Developing an understanding about the school system
  • Identifying critical issues that stakeholders believe need to be addressed
  • Completing a “district scan” that helps inform future short-term and long-term planning in the district.

The specific strategies implemented to fulfill the entry plan include:

  • Listening Tours
  • Individual Interviews
  • Department & Group Meetings
  • Document Review
  • Community Data Collection

Listening Tours / Department & Group Meetings

Brand will conduct listening tours in October and early November. Brand will hold three types of listening tours — Community Sessions; Faculty & Staff Meetings; and Student Town Hall Meetings. Community Sessions will be held at a variety of schools throughout the district. Faculty & Staff Meetings will meet with the staff of each school, plus staff in Student Services, Education Technology, Central Administration, Food Services, Health & Nursing Services, Facilities & Maintenance Services, and Transportation. Student Town Hall Meetings will be held at the High School and Middle School to provide a “student voice” in the conversation.

Individual Interviews

Brand will hold individual interviews from July through September. He’ll meet with both district leaders and community leaders. District leaders include Paul Ruggiero, School Committee members, Assistant Superintendent, Director of Student Support Services, Director of Human Resources, the 6 Principals, the 2 Early Childhood Center Directors, WTA President, CARES Program Coordinator, K-5 STEM Lead Teacher, Director of Athletics/PE/Health, Administrator of Food Services, Director of Nursing Services, and Elementary Literacy Coordinator. Community leaders include Selectmen Chair, Finance Committee Chair, Town Manager, Assistant Town Manager, Veterans Director, Police Chief, Fire Chief, Elderly Services Director, Commission on Disabilities Chair, Wilmington Senior Citizen Leadership, DPW Director, Recreation Director, Library Director, State Representative, School-Business Partnership, Public Building Superintendent, SEPAC Leaders, WEF Leaders, PAC Presidents, Rotary Club, Historical Commission Chair, and Treasurer/Collector.

Document Review

Brand will review the following documents from July through September: District’s strategic plan; school improvement plans; operating budgets; capital planning documents; student achievement data; key reports; DOE program reviews; School Committee & Subcommittee agendas, minutes & presentations; School Committee policies; available survey data; handbooks; negotiated contracts; policy & procedure manuals; and organizational charts.

Community Data Collection

In September, Brand will conduct an electronic survey that will be open to staff and community members to provide additional feedback. The results will be tabulated and publicly shared.

Brand notes that completing the entry plan represents an “important transition for the district and serves as a vital time in helping shape the future of teaching and learning in Wilmington.”

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