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School Committee Notebook: New Superintendent Introduced, Sports Hall Of Fame Moving Forward

Mar 15, 2016 05:50PM ● By Bill Gilman

Incoming Superintendent of Schools Christopher Malone speaks to parents at a reception last week at Tewksbury High.

On an evening when more than 100 students were honored for outstanding achievement on MCAS and PARCC exams, incoming Superintendent Christopher Malone was officially introduced to the Tewksbury School Community.
Malone, presently the assistant superintendent of schools for the Revere School District, spent time meeting and chatting with parents during a reception prior to the awards ceremony. 
Later, he was officially introduced at the School Committee meeting by the man he will be replacing, Superintendent Dr. John O'Connor.
Malone said he was pleased to see such a large community turnout to see the students honored.
"It really shows that education is at the heart of this community," he said. "To see that really energizes me and gets me excited."
Malone said he is looking for ward to hitting the ground running when he starts work in Tewksbury on July 1. To that end he is planning to spend some of his days off between now and then, in Tewksbury, learning as much as he can about the town and the schools.
"I want to step in as quickly as I can, but I want to be respectful of all the great things John is doing."

Plans For TMHS Athletics Hall of Fame Moving Forward

O'Connor announced that Athletic Director Ron Drouin is moving ahead with plans to create a Tewksbury High Athletics Hall of Fame.
He said Drouin is putting together a five-member executive board for the Hall of Fame Committee and will be putting together a seven-member screening committee. Drouin will chair the executive board, which will also include two members of the School Committee.
According to O'Connor, Drouin is expected to send out a press release after April 1, seeking nominations to the Hall of Fame. Deadline for nominations will be May 31. Decisions will be made regarding the members of the charter class of the Hall of Fame in later June or early July.

In other business:

  • As part of the consent agenda, the committee accepted the donation of three new air conditioners for classrooms 15, 16 and 17 at the North Street School. The air conditioners, which are valued at $1,800, were a gift from Milton and Christine Moniz of Tewksbury.
  • The committee approved a request from the TMHS Performing Arts Department for a trip to Orlando, Fla. during the 2017¬†April School Vacation. Students will be participating in the Disney World Youth Education Series.
  • O'Connor announced that the district's Food and Nutrition Services team would be gathering on March 11 for the dedication of Kim's Kitchen Korner at the Tewksbury Public Library. The space, which will include a new children's kitchen play set, as well accessories and children's books on nutrition, is named for Kim Sheehan, a longtime member of the team, who passed away in 2015. During her career, Sheehan served as Dewing Kitchen Manager, K-4 Elementary Manager and Ryan School Kitchen Manager.

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