SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: New Woburn St. School Principal Announced; Asst. Principal Frank Ferrerio To Retire This June

WILMINGTON, MA — At Wednesday night’s School Committee Meeting, School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand announced that Suzanne Sullivan has been named the next principal of Woburn Street School, effective July 1.

“Ms. Sullivan has over 30 years of public education experience at the elementary level, having served a variety of communities in Massachusetts,” according to a press release that Brand read. “As an educator, she holds extensive experience as a classroom teacher at the second grade level and almost ten years of experience as an elementary principal, having served the communities of Brimfield, Quaboag Regional School District, and Greenfield, MA. Ms. Sullivan is currently the Principal of the Parker Elementary School in Billerica where she leads a Pre K‐5 educational community of approximately 500 students and 100 staff.”

In her Community Forum, Sullivan revealed that — with the opening of a new Billerica High School which will include Grade 8 students — Billerica is re-configuring its schools and closing one of its elementary schools. Even though Sullivan is not the principal at that school — because she has the least amount of seniority of all the district’s principals — she is losing her position.

“The search process included a site visit to Wilmington where Ms. Sullivan spent the better portion of a day meeting staff, district leaders and members of the community,” Brand writes. “The site visit committee, consisting of the Central Office Leadership Team, as well as a staff and parent representative who served on the search committee, also participated in a site visit to the Parker Elementary School to meet with stakeholders in the Billerica community.”

Brand highlighted several of Sullivan’s strengths, including her:

  • unwavering commitment to student‐centered decision‐making
  • attention to ensuring everyone has a voice in important decisions
  • focus on maintaining personal connections with both the adults and students she serves
  • ability to build and maintain a strong and healthy school culture

Brand also listed several of Sullivan’s experience hallmarks, including:

  • overseeing a Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Innovation School that included a focus on STEAM across all curriculum areas
  • working with student populations that range from Preschool to sixth grade
  • extensive experience in Special Education programming that also includes strategic steps to foster an inclusive model of education
  • supporting students in the general education classes, as well as overseeing more intensive programs and extensive experience in implementing social‐emotional based programs including support teams, Responsive Classroom, Second Step and PBIS.

Sullivan, who is the mother to TWO sets of TWIN boys, holds a Bachelor degree from Fitchburg State College and a Master of Education degree with a major in Leadership & Administration from Worcester State College.

The Woburn Street School Principal position was vacated mid-year by Jeff Strasnick, who unexpectedly decided to retire from his public school career.

The search’s other two finalists were Laurie Fahey, a Dracut elementary school principal, and Charlotte King, Director of the Wildwood Early Childhood Center here in Wilmington for the past five years. King indicated in her Community Forum that she will remain as Wildwood’s Director if she did not receive the Woburn Street position.

Brand also mentioned at last night’s School Committee Meeting that the district is preparing to move into an Assistant Principal Search for the Woburn Street School. Current Assistant Principal Frank Ferriero is retiring at the end of the school year. Ferriero served as Principal of the North Interiemdiate School for six years before becoming Assistant Principal of the Woburn Street School for the past six years. Brand noted that Sullivan will be given the opportunity to participate in this search.

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