Dr. Glenn Brand lands on feet in Wilmington

Dr. Glenn Brand, the former Superintendent of the Acton-Boxborough School System, has been chosen as the new Superintendent of Schools in Wilmington, MA, according to numerous media reports.

Brand spent four years in Acton-Boxborough and previously served as the Assistant Superintendent in the Sharon school system. Wilmington is a community in Northern MA with a population of about 22,000 and about 3,400 students in their school system.

According to the Lowell Sun, Brand "stressed the importance of communication and an open and approachable dialogue between the School Committee and superintendent." Wilmington Patch quoted a School Committee member as saying that Dr. Brand "really stood out."

School Committee Chairman Steve Bjork said that surveys had favored Brand by a margin of two-to-one and staff had responded most favorably to him when he visited. The vote to hire Brand was unanimous.

The Patch story said, "Committee member Peggy Kane and other committee members said they wanted to push forward because Brand was a finalist in at least two other superintendent searches. They feared if they waited Brand would be 'scooped up' by another district."

Brand will be hired subject to successful contract negotiations. Meanwhile, Acton is conducting its own Superintendent search after forcing Brand's resignation, and the AB Regional School District continues to pay Dr. Brand for not working through the rest of the school year.

AB recently announced that three finalists had been selected. Peter Light, Anthony Parker, and Peter Sanchioni were named as finalists, but Sanchioni has since withdrawn his application. The two remaining finalists will be interviewed on Feb. 28 and March 1st, and the School Committee will discuss and vote to hire the next Superintendent on March 12.

For more information and to see the resumes of the AB Superintendent finalists, click here: http://www.abschools.org/home/superintendent-search

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