GROVELAND – Students of the Bagnall Elementary School will find an unexpected face greeting them when they return to school at the end of this month.
Superintendent Jeffrey Mulqueen of the Pentucket Regional School District is temporarily filling in for Elaine Champion, principal of the Groveland school, at the start of the school year so she can take time to address a health concern.
The news that Mulqueen will be heading the Bagnall through early fall was announced by central office staff late last week. It comes only weeks after Mulqueen announced that Principal Jack O’Mara of the Page Elementary School in West Newbury had decided to retire at the end of this calendar year.
O’Mara’s mid-year departure will require middle school Principal Debra Lay to fill in at the Page after the new year and high school Principal Jonathan Seymour will expand his responsibilities in order to cover both schools at the secondary level.
Unfortunately, the juggling in administrative positions is occurring just as the district is attempting to launch the state’s new teacher evaluation system, a task that requires consistent administrative support for all teachers.
But Mulqueen says his administrative team has been thinking “well beyond textbooks and teaching staff” over the summer and he is optimistic about their ability to manage the leadership challenges it faces this fall.
“Preparing for the new school year is always challenging for schools and the school district.
Setting tangible goals and distributing resources to accomplish intended outcomes are among the most important tasks,” Mulqueen said.
The superintendent, who has many years of experience working as a principal, said he is looking forward to working with students, staff and parents at Bagnall.
“The first 30 days of school are an exciting time for everyone. I anticipate support of faculty and parents to help establish routines, build a cooperative learning environment and engage in communication and partnership,” Mulqueen said.