Originally posted at 4:03 p.m. Updated at 4:33 p.m.
FRAMINGHAM – Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay has appointed Brophy’s Vice Principal to be the new McCarthy Elementary Principal. She will start on December 4.
Cynthia Page was appointed vice principal at Brophy Elementary in August 2016. Page served as that school’s music teacher for the past 12 years.
“Page has been an educator and leader in our district for more than 21 years and, in my view, has the necessary relationship-building skills to quickly establish rapport with staff, students, and families to provide effective leadership at McCarthy Elementary School,” Tremblay said in an email to parents.
Page will replace Jennifer Wu, who resigned a McCarthy Principal, effective immediately, earlier this week. She started in February 2018.
“I have been asked by Dr. Tremblay to lead the McCarthy Elementary School as their new Principal and I have accepted his offer. I am very excited about this professional opportunity but of course have mixed emotions about leaving Brophy and the many wonderful students and families with whom I have had the pleasure of working. Brophy is a special place, a community of caring educators and parents. I have always been so appreciate and thankful to be a part of this wonderful community. Please accept my deepest gratitude for all each of you have done for me during my tenure. Please know, that as I look forward to my new role, I will always carry a part of Brophy School with me,” wrote Page in an email to Brophy parents.
“I wish to thank Jean Nolan, Vice Principal of McCarthy Elementary School, for her steady leadership in the wake of Dr. Wu’s announcement and for the resilience of the McCarthy Elementary School staff as they continue to inspire our students everyday in their classrooms,” wrote Tremblay to parents. “To make this transition as seamless as possible, I met personally with McCarthy Elementary School staff this afternoon and will be hosting a variety of events in the coming weeks where the school community can meet with Ms. Page and see, firsthand, just how engaging and prepared she is to lead this remarkable school community.”
Before becoming vice principal, Page held other leadership positions within the school as a mentor of new teachers and as the school’s head teacher.
Page earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Skidmore College and her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership from Framingham State University. Page recently completed a one-year, intensive, certificate program with the Turnaround Leadership Academy (sponsored by Teachers 21) and Framingham Public School’s Aspiring Leaders Academy.
Tremblay said Page is a good fit for McCarthy, as she has “turnaround” experience. He met with McCarthy staff after school today.
Both Brophy and McCarthy are among the lowest performing schools, on standardized tests, of the nine schools in the Framingham public school district.
Editor’s Note: In full transparency, I am a former PTO president at McCarthy and my daughter attended the school.
McCarthy has had multiple interim and permanent principals over the last couple of years.
Wu was the second principal to resign from the elementary school since June 2017.
On the last day of school in June 2017, Matt Hanlon resigned as Principal at the Flagg Drive elementary school. Hanlon had been Principal since 2010.
Assistant Principal Nolan was named interim Principal in June 2017, and a search began for Hanlon’s replacement.
The first search failed to find a suitable principal.
So Framingham Superintendent of Schools Bob Tremblay placed Assistant Superintendent of Schools Frank Tiano as interim principal, while he conducted a second search.
Two finalists for principal were named in December 2017.
Tiano remained as interim Principal until Wu started in February 2018. He left the district in June.
In announcing her resignation Wu issued this statement to parents: “Over the past year, I have had the privilege of serving the students, families and staff at McCarthy School. As the turnaround work at McCarthy continues to evolve, I have come to realize that this opportunity may not be the best fit for my professional skills and interests. I continue to hold great optimism that McCarthy is moving in the right direction and that the dedicated efforts of the McCarthy community will lead to rising achievement for all McCarthy students. Accordingly, it is with mixed emotions that I am writing to inform you that today, November 28, will be my last day at Framingham Public Schools.”
Brophy Elementary School is prepared to meet the challenge of finding a replacement for Ms. Page and the Assistant Principal position will be posted immediately, according to the school district.
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