MAIN STREET JOURNAL – I want to thank the entire city for their warm welcome as I have transitioned to the role of superintendent. The welcome has extended beyond my professional career, as Marlborough is now my home, as well. My wife and I moved to Marlborough in June and we could not be more thankful for the friendly and neighborly welcome, as we become part of this community. Thank you all, and I am proud to be a Panther!
This is an exciting time for the Marlborough Public Schools, and I am excited to lead the School Department through this period of growth and transformation. As I write this column, construction workers are diligently finishing the site work on Poirier Road, and preparing to pour concrete for our new elementary school. Construction will be in full swing in the spring, and I am thrilled that we are on target for our construction date of September 2020, and the bids for the project came in significantly under our estimated project budget. Thank you to the mayor, School Committee, and the City Council for their support on this important project.
As I began my tenure as superintendent, my first action was to create my entry plan to get to know more about the Marlborough Public Schools. I may have a head start due to my previous work in the district, but I wanted to learn more. I wanted to learn deeply and ask all constituents to share with me their feelings about the school system. Their honest and direct feedback, from sources all over our community, is the beginning of our next strategic plan. I will be sharing my findings with the School Committee in March, and we will begin our next steps this summer with our strategic plan.
From my entry plan work and through hundreds of in-person interviews as well as reading feedback from surveys to parents, I can tell you we have a competitive advantage in Marlborough. We have amazing, caring, and thoughtful staff in Marlborough. I reflect to my welcome back letter, where I wanted to reinforce this key belief statement: “We believe and value the partnership between the school system and the community.”
You, as parents and community members, have tremendous partners in our teaching staff. I see every day how much our staff care, and the lengths they will go to. Don’t wait for National Teacher Appreciation Week to thank our staff. Join me in celebrating their great work every day. I encourage our students to show appreciation as well. These teachers in front of you are your greatest cheerleaders and champions!
I want to exceed your expectations. When I accepted the position of superintendent, I knew the challenges that existed. I also knew the strengths we have. Whether I am watching an athletic event, a concert, or celebrating the stunning academic achievement of our students, I feel proud to be a part of this school system. I am honored to be your superintendent, and thankful for the welcome I received. Now is the time to get working, dig our heels in, and make sure our words are translated into action through our strategic plan. With your help, support, and advocacy we will make a plan that creates success for the children of Marlborough.
Michael Bergeron is Marlborough’s Superintendent of Schools
This column by Michael Bergeron originally appeared here.