LETTER: ‘What is this SC up to?’ 

Good People of Marblehead,

Here is something to think about in the next few years! Why did this School Committee let a superintendent go for no reason and a resume like this? They say they wanted someone with leadership skills. Wanted someone to be visual. Wanted someone to get us out of the financial crisis of the last superintendent.

We got all that plus someone who moved us through a pandemic. When was there any event in Marblehead that you didn’t see Dr. John Buckey’s face?? Introduced new curriculums. Supported ALL our children. MCAS scores are turning in the right direction.

The question is what is this SC up to??

According to Buckey’s resume, he has a doctorate in educational administration and organizational leadership from Northeastern University, as well as a master’s of education in administration, planning and social policy from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He did post-baccalaureate work at the University of Kentucky in the late 1990s, and in 1996, graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, with a degree in Spanish and secondary education.

Buckey started his career as a Spanish teacher and coordinator of the Department of Foreign Languages at The Lexington School in Kentucky from 1996 to 1999. As part of his Harvard graduate program, he worked as an administrative intern at the Noble and Greenough School in Dedham and at Watertown High from 1999 to 2000. He then worked as the dean of students at The Andrews School in Willoughby, Ohio, from 2000 to 2001, then became the assistant principal at Littleton High from 2001 to 2005 and principal from 2005 to 2008.

In 2008, he became the principal at Nantucket High, and in 2012 he was named the Bertrand H. Holland Massachusetts High School Principal of the Year. He has been active with the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association. 

Hope to see many faces in the audience and on Zoom at the public meetings for the interim and final searches for a new superintendent. This is crucial for principals, teachers, students, staff and our town. It is time to get those sweaters out, fall has arrived!! 

Mary McCarriston
Pinecliff Drive

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