BLACKSTONE â€“ Along with new interim School Superintendent Perry Davis, there will be another new face in the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District this fall.
Joining Perry in the central administration office will be Kirsten Esposito-Balboni, who was recently appointed as the districtâ€™s new assistant school superintendent - a position that was reinstated for this school year.
â€śWe are very excited to welcome Dr. Davis and Dr. Esposito-Balboni to the BMR leadership team, and look forward to their enthusiasm and vision to lead this district forward,â€ť said Michael J. Buckley, the districtâ€™s community relations spokesman.
Esposito-Balboni comes to Blackstone from the Brookline, Mass. public school system where she served as the assistant superintendent for student services. Before that she was director for student service for Hopkinton public schools for four years and the pupil personnel service director for the Marlboro public schools system for one year.
She attended Johnson and Wales University where she received her Doctorate of Education in educational leadership and administration, elementary and secondary education; and Simmons College where she earned a Masterâ€™s of Science degree in moderate and elementary education.
The district's assistant superintendent position was re-established this year.
â€śIn fiscal year 20013-20014, the district re-established the position of assistant superintendent of schools, and the recruitment process for this position began shortly after the annual town meetings,â€ť said Buckley.
â€śSince that time, (former school superintendent) Kimberly Shaver-Hood has resigned to assume the position of school superintendent for the Wareham, Mass. public Schools,â€ť he said. â€śSince that announcement, the Blackstone-Millvile Regional District School Committee began analyzing and reviewing the leadership requirements for the district.â€ť
What came out of that review was a decision by the committee to appoint Davis as interim superintendent of schools for the 2013-14 school year. Davis began his new duties on Aug. 1.
Before coming to Blackstone, Davis served as school superintendent for the Dover-Sherborn Regional School District, as well as the King Philip Regional School System. He also provided consulting services through Teachers 21, with a focus on coaching and mentoring new superintendents in the Commonwealth.
â€śThroughout this process, it has been the goal of the Blackstone-Millville Regional District School Committee to continue the mission of providing excellent educational programs and resources to the children of the district,â€ť Buckley said. â€śThe development of new initiatives including alignment of our curriculum to the Massachusetts Common Core standards, literacy programs and the continuing evaluation of personnel demonstrates that the BMR District is poised to move forward in our goal of raising the level of expectations of all stakeholders.â€ť
During this school year, he added, the regional school board will continue to develop and refine its vision for the regional schools as well as continue the process recruiting a permanent superintendent of schools.