2 things we learned from Mayor Wu about the search for the BPS Superintendent


“We don’t have the luxury of being able to waste time.”

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius (left) and Mayor Michelle Wu speak outside Brighton High School last week. Lane Turner / Globe Staff

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The Boston School Board will soon begin a search to find the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools, with the goal of having a new superintendent in place within the next four months.

The group, which selects the district superintendent, is set to hold its first meeting to discuss an outline of the search process Tuesday evening, a week after officials suddenly announced Superintendent Brenda Cassellius will step down from the end of the current school year.

Mayor Michelle Wu spoke about the upcoming research in the “morning edition” of GBH News on Monday.

“We are looking for our school committee to partner with the community to help get the research moving quickly, but to find someone who can get started,” Wu said. “We don’t have the luxury of wasting time. and to work directly for Boston Public Schools and our school communities.”

Here are two things we learned:

There is no “short list” at this time.

“We don’t have any names at the moment,” Wu told the radio station.

The search committee has not yet been formed, and Wu expects the school committee to be “very diligent” in bringing together a diverse group.

“I share a sense of urgency with many leaders and other stakeholders I’ve spoken to, along with families across the district, that we really need to not only sustain progress, but accelerate it at Boston Public Schools, because it just comes from so much stress and so many disparities have grown during the pandemic (COVID-19),” Wu said.

Wu believes the district needs a superintendent “able to get to work, who ideally knows the district, our city and our communities.”

“There’s a lot of turnover right now,” Wu said. “I think something like 18 of the top 50 school districts are in the midst of looking for superintendents. So there’s a lot of change going on all over the country, and we hope that Boston Search will attract people who really see the beauty, the potential, the energy and the excitement here in our city.

Wu has no “fixed mold” she advocates in an ideal candidate.

When Wu says an ideal candidate knows the system, it doesn’t necessarily mean BPS, exactly.

When asked to elaborate, Wu said she thinks familiarity “could come in different ways.”

“You might have someone who knows Boston, but maybe not officially in our school district,” Wu said. quickly.

“So I don’t have a specific mold I’m pushing for, but I know there’s a lot of talent out there and it’s still – it’s – one of the most exciting places to work, and we’ll make sure Boston Public Schools attracts a whole team of top talent to really dig in for our young people.

Tuesday’s virtual school committee meeting starts at 6 p.m.

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