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Friday, June 25, 2004

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Minuteman HS principal named superintendent

William Callahan (Courtesy Photo)
The Minuteman Regional School Committee, in a unanimous decision, voted to appoint William F. Callahan of Woburn, Mass. the next Superintendent-Director of Minuteman Regional Vocational School District. Callahan, the current principal at the regional high school, will assume the role and duties of superintendent on September 1 upon the retirement of 28-year veteran superintendent Dr. Ronald Fitzgerald.

"With Dr. Fitzgerald's retirement announcement in January, the school committee began the significant task of searching for a new superintendent, something that no Minuteman School Committee has had to do since 1976," said Jeffrey Stulin of Needham, School Committee Chairman. "Our six-month search process involved the school community, the district's town officials and industry partners. Bill was our unanimous choice from a strong group of applicants. The entire school committee supports his appointment and wishes him well," Stulin said.

William Callahan has served as high school principal at Minuteman Regional High School since 1980 and was Dean of Students from 1976 — 1980. Prior to that he was employed as an Education Specialist at the Massachusetts Department of Education. Callahan received his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Northeastern University and his Masters on Occupational Education Administration from Fitchburg State College. He is an active member of the Massachusetts Association of Secondary School Principals where he has served on the Legislative Committee, the Technology in the Classroom Committee and the National Honor Society Committee and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Committee.

Callahan was appointed by his peer high school principals to serve on the Massachusetts Education Reform Commission from 1994 — 2001 representing the interests of vocational school leaders on this important commission whose task was to track the progress of the implementation of the Education Reform Act of 1993 throughout the Commonwealth. Callahan was also an elected board of director and president of the board of the Lexington Town Employee Credit Union from 1981 — 1991. He has also been very active in his hometown volunteering as a youth sports coach, director and board member as well as serving on numerous PTO boards at the elementary and middle school level.

In accepting the appointment, Callahan referred to a variety of educational items that he would consider priorities for Minuteman and for himself as the new school district leader. These items include the need to continue the growth of in district student enrollment, maintain and improve our already strong focus on student learning styles, conduct greater collaboration with the school's business and industry partners, renew an emphasis on teacher professional development and the redesign of Minuteman's health and medical careers vocational program. This last item in particular is important to Callahan as he, as principal, began a comprehensive program evaluation of the Health Occupations major and determined that Minuteman Regional High School should be educating a larger number of high school students interested in this field across a broader spectrum of careers, such as pre-medical, dental, veterinarian, nursing and nursing aides, biotechnology and medical research, medical office staff and more.

"I am honored and humbled to accept the appointment of the Minuteman Regional School Committee to serve as the third superintendent of the school district," said Callahan. "Following in the footsteps of Ron Fitzgerald will not be easy, but it's a challenge that I very much look forward to. Ron is a national pioneer in vocational education and a learning styles approach to classroom teaching and having had the great privilege of working so closely with him all these years, I am confident that we will continue to improve Minuteman's educational opportunities to a greater number of students," stated Callahan. "With mounting MCAS pressures, heightened program standards and another difficult budget ahead of us, we have our work cut out for us, but working together with the school committee and staff I know we will shine through it all," he concluded.

Commenting on the selection, Dr. Fitzgerald stated that he is "extremely pleased with the very professional selection process followed by the School Committee and with the result. Bill Callahan is a very talented, dedicated and experienced educational leader; the school is in good hand with an outstanding staff led by Bill."

Callahan will assume the role and duties of superintendent on September 1, 2004 overseeing and leading vocational technical education throughout a sixteen town regional school district and supervising the operation of Minuteman Regional High School in Lexington, MA. Callahan will manage an operating budget of $15,345,000, supervise a staff of nearly one hundred thirty, direct academic curriculum, vocational training and college preparation for 950 middle and high school students across twenty-four science, technology or vocational programs and serve as executive officer to the Minuteman Regional School Committee.


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