McKersie gets new three-year contract as Greenwich schools superintendent

Seen here outside the Board of Education after officially taking over in 2012, William McKersie is set to call Greenwich home for at least three more years. — Ken Borsuk

Seen here outside the Board of Education after officially taking over in 2012, Superintendent of Schools William McKersie is set to call Greenwich home for at least three more years. — Ken Borsuk photo

When he was first hired two years ago, the Greenwich Board of Education said it wanted William McKersie as superintendent of schools for the long term. Now it looks like they have him as he has unanimously received a new three-year contract, extending his current deal by two years.

At Tuesday’s board meeting, which was the final one before the summer break, Dr. McKersie was given a new contract that stretches through June 30, 2017. This comes after several years of upheaval where Greenwich went through three full-time and several interim superintendents in a little more than 10 years. Dr. McKersie, who lives in town and has a daughter in the school system, was brought in to be a long-term solution in 2012. He is now wrapping up his first two years in Greenwich and this contract is designed to keep him here for at least three more. At Tuesday’s meeting he also publicly announced that he is the father of a new baby girl as well.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Board Vice Chairman Jennifer Dayton, who was acting chair for the meeting, praised Dr. McKersie’s “strong relationship building efforts with students, staff, parents and the broader community, and oversight of District accomplishments.” Ms. Dayton noted three initiatives:  the implementation of Common Core State Standards in Reading/Language Arts and Mathematics, the merging of the State’s System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED) with the District’s Teacher Evaluation and Professional Learning (TEPL) plan, and the administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Field Test this past spring.

Board Chairman Barbara O’Neill was unable to attend Tuesday’s meeting but a statement was put out on her behalf by the district.

“With an eye toward securing continuity and building upon the positive momentum in student learning and achievement, instructional practices such as digital learning and efforts to connect to the public, the Board Of Education is pleased to extend the contract of Superintendent Dr. McKersie by two years,” Ms. O’Neill said. “We believe that consistency of leadership will translate into improved academic success for our students. This will be the first time in 12 years that a superintendent has committed to stay beyond the initial three-year contract. We are gratified that we have this opportunity to stay the course with Dr. McKersie.”

After the unanimous vote was taken, Dr. McKersie said, “I am humbled by the support from the Board of Education to extend my service as Superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools.  In the last two years that I have lived and worked in Greenwich, I have become deeply invested in the schools and in the community.  My commitment is to do all I can to have Greenwich known nationally as a school system that accelerates learning for all students, provides robust artistic, musical, athletic and social programming, promotes civic dedication and service, and fosters in all staff and students an unwavering focus on compassion and caring.”

 

 

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