Kerry Clery, Assistant Superintendent of the Groton-Dunstable Regional School District has accepted a new job in Westford, as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Westford’s school system is roughly twice the size of Groton-Dunstable.
Clery was hired as Director of Teaching, Learning & Accountability in 2012, charged with implementing new state student testing and teacher evaluation mandates, including the Common Core Standards and the PARCC testing protocol. She was promoted to Assistant Superintendent last spring on the recommendation of interim Superintendent Tony Bent.
Clery will serve through the school fiscal year at the end of June, and begin work in Westford July 1.
Interim Superintendent Tony Bent gave her a glowing review, saying, “Kerry, in rather a short time with the school district, has made a terrific contribution and has become a key person. She has shouldered great responsibility in a variety of important areas of operation. So she has been the person who has shepherded the educator evaluation program, which is all new and fairly substantial in terms of document exchanges and deadlines and all of that. She’s even participated in negotiations because this is a negotiated item with the teacher’s union. She resurrected our attention and articulated our commitment to K-12 curriculum; we didn’t have that before she came. She’s been an extraordinary and high performing leader.”
Westford Superintendent of Schools Everett “Bill” Olsen said his district had been searching for about six weeks, that about 27 people applied for the position, and Clery was selected from a narrowed-down pool of six.
The shift leaves a hole in incoming Superintendent Kristan Rodriguez’s administrative team, which doesn’t carry over any longtime G-DRSD administrators.
The school committee, Bent, and incoming Superintendent Kristan Rodriguez will need to talk and decide how to proceed, Bent said. An open question is whether the district would recruit to fill an assistant superintendent slot or Clery’s previous role, of Director of Teaching, Learning & Accountability.