LOWELL – On Saturday, the City of Lowell’s School Committee held back-to-back-to-back public interviews with three finalists looking to hire its next Superintendent of Schools.
The School Committee in Lowell voted unanimously on Saturday, May 18, to offer the job to Joel Boyd, a Cambridge resident.
Hired in 2017, Boyd is the academic superintendent at Boston Public Schools, who is focused on closing “opportunity gaps.” He was superintendent of schools in Santa Fe from 2012 to 2016.
A Blue Ribbon Committee in Lowell identified three finalists to become the next Lowell Public Schools superintendent, after reviewing 23 applicants.
Scott, who received both his bachelor’s and masters degree from Harvard University, is a visiting scholar and project manager at Harvard. He told the Lowell Committee he is developing web-based resources for equity analysis at school districts. Scott teaches educational leadership courses at Boston University.
According to the Lowell Sun newspaper, Scott told the Lowell School Committee he “likes to spend his days first in the schools and then in his office, and said his motivation is managed by communicating with teachers frequently.”
The third finalist was Sergio Paez, who is the director of equity, empowerment and excellence for English learners at Central Falls School District in Central Falls, Rhode Island. He is the former Superintendent of Schools in Holyoke.
Scott was Superintendent of Schools in Dracut from 2010-2012, until he was hired by the then 7-member Framingham School Committee.
He received a very positive review and received a contract extension, under then School Committee Chair Beverly Hugo.
In May of 2016, Framingham Source exclusively reported that Scott have been superintendent without a valid license for the entire 2015-16 school year.
After the license issue, the Framingham Teachers Association took a no confidence vote in Scott.The School Committee also held closed door meetings to discuss the Superintendent, after the license issue became public.
During the 2015-2016 school year, Scott was a finalist for superintendent in three school districts in two states. In each case, the district chose another candidate.
In August 2016, the Framingham School Committee announced Scott was on extended paid leave as superintendent.
According to the Lowell Sun newspaper, among Scott’s references were Framingham Mayor Yvonne Spicer, District 1 School Committee member Beverly Hugo, Framingham State President H. Javier Cevallos, Framingham Assistant Superintendent of Schools Joseph Corazzini, and Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka. Although there was no contact info listed for Sen. Spilka, according to the SUN report.
“I was unaware that my name was being used as a reference,” said Hugo to SOURCE.
A FOIA request showed that District 8 School Committee member Gloria Pascual was also listed as a reference for Scott.