Superintendent Search Process

  • On April 17th, the Boston School Committee announced that three final candidates are being considered for the position of Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS): Marie Izquierdo, Chief Academic Officer for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida; Dr. Brenda Cassellius, recently Commissioner of Education for the state of Minnesota; and Dr. Oscar Santos, head of School for the Cathedral 7-12 High School. All three finalists are seasoned education leaders who have deep experience in urban schools.

    The candidates will participate in four separate public interviews over the course of a single day. Izquierdo’s interviews will take place on Monday, April 22; Cassellius’s interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, April 23; and Santos’s interviews are scheduled for Wednesday, April 24. The times and groups of panelists will be the same for all three candidates. The locations of the interviews are the same with exception of the panel with BPS students and teachers. (More details below.) 

     

    Read the roster of panelists.

     

    Panel Discussion With Community Partners (Televised and livestreamed on Boston City TV)
    Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, April 22-24
    Time: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
    Location: Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, (School Committee Chambers), Roxbury
     
    School Committee Interviews (Televised and livestreamed on Boston City TV)
    Dates: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, April 22-24
    Time: 1:00-3:00 PM
    Location: Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, (School Committee Chambers), Roxbury
     
    Panel Discussion with BPS Students and Teachers
    Date: Monday, April 22 (For Marie Izquierdo)
    Time: 4:00-5:30 PM
    Location: East Boston High School, 86 White Street, East Boston
     
    Date: Tuesday, April 23 (For Brenda Cassellius)
    Time: 4:00-5:30 PM
    Location: Mildred Avenue K-8 School, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan
     
    Date: Wednesday, April 24 (For Oscar Santos)
    Time: 4:00-5:30 PM
    Location: Mildred Avenue K-8 School, 5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan
     
    Panel Discussion With BPS Parents, School Leaders (Televised and livestreamed on Boston City TV)
    Dates: Monday, April 22-Wednesday, April 24
    Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
    Location: Bolling Municipal Building, 2300 Washington Street, (School Committee Chambers), Roxbury

    Process to Date:

    • Last fall, the Superintendent Search Committee held a series of community listening sessions to gather input on desired characteristics and priorities for the next BPS Superintendent. 
    • At a special meeting on November 14, the School Committee unanimously approved a Request for Statement of Qualifications from executive search firms and consultants to assit with the search. 
    • On December 5, the School Committee approved a superintendent job description that was drafted by the Search Committee with input from the community via listening sessions and survey responses.
    • On December 19, the School Committee approved the Search Committee's recommendation to hire Isaacson Miller as the firm to assist with the BPS superintendent search process. 
     

Contact the Boston School Committee

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    Elizabeth Sullivan
    Elizabeth Sullivan
    Executive Secretary
     
    Boston School Committee
    2300 Washington Street
    Roxbury, MA  02119
     
    Phone: (617) 635-9014