SCHOOLS: Clery Promoted To Assistant Superintendent
The School Committee by unanimous vote created a new position of Assistant Superintendent for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District and then voted to appoint curriculum specialist Kerry Clery to fill the job. The appointment came at the School Committee's meeting May 22.
Clery had been the District's Director of Teaching, Learning and Accountability this past year and her duties in curriculum will continue under a new title. The position of Director of Teaching, Learning and Accountability will be eliminated and those duties transferred to the elevated position of Assistant Superintendent. Compensation for the Assistant Superintendent position will be at the same level as the former Director of Teaching. Learning and Accountability position.
Clery came to the Groton-Dunstable School District under Interim Superintendent Anthony Bent with the primary goal of aligning curriculum in grades K through eight to new Common Core Standards adopted by the state under the auspices of the revamped "No Child Left Behind" federal program. Clery started her position last summer and immediately began work on elementary and middle school curriculum through meetings with teachers and administrative staff and was able to implement the changes and shift in learning standards in the fall at the start of the new school year. With the assistance of teachers and staff, Clery also adopted a new report card at the elementary level to evaluate a student's performance under the new standards.
However, as the year progressed, Clery's duties and responsibilities began to expand as she took on curriculum adjustments at the high school. Her original job description was to be responsible for curriculum at kindergarten through grade eight level. That began to expand as her responsibilities evolved into kindergarten through grade 12. School Committee member Jim Frey noted that Clery showed capacity to work beyond her original responsibilities and job title. Her expanded role prompted the School Committee to rethink the position and elevate it to reflect district-wide responsibilities.
That thinking culminated in creating the Assistant Superintendent position. While the new position will include district-wide responsibilities for curriculum, some new responsibilities were added.
The new position will carry executive type responsibilities. The Assistant Superintendent will become the Chief Executive for the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District when the District's Superintendent is away or absent. The new position is effective immediately.