The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, July 16, 2004


Callahan assumes new role as Minuteman superintendent

Retiring Minuteman High School Superintendent Dr. Ronald Fitzgerald (left) hands over leadership to Principal William Callahan. (Photo by Cynthia Sorn)

A smooth transition is expected as current Principal William Callahan will step into the position of superintendent of Minuteman Regional High School at the end of August. "I already have a working relationship with the staff, for better or worse," he says, laughing. He replaces retiring Superintendent Dr. Ronald Fitzgerald (see article at left).

Callahan has been at Minuteman since 1976, all but two years as principal. His background includes a bachelor's degree from Northeastern University and a master's in occupational education administration from Fitchburg State College.

Callahan says one of his focus areas will be in-district enrollment. "It's our number-one problem." Minuteman provides a technical high school alternative for students from Carlisle and other regional towns. Normally students begin Minuteman in the ninth grade. "We will also reach out to students in tenth grade." He explains that after a year in a traditional public school a student may desire to change to a school where visual and hands-on learning are emphasized. Students entering Minuteman in ninth grade spend a semester exploring the different educational opportunities at the school, and a similar experience will be offered for students entering tenth grade.

There is no rush to find a new principal, says Callahan. "We are advertising for a principal, but we will take our time." It may be October before a person is in place. "I will do both jobs until then. I opened the school for twenty-eight years; I can still do it."

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