McKersie is Finalist to be Superintendent in Weston, Would Start in August

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Greenwich Public Schools Superintendent William S. McKersie announced on Tuesday that he is the finalist for the Superintendent of the Weston Public Schools in Weston.

“It would be an honor to lead the Weston Public Schools, which is known as one of the premier school districts in New England and nationally,” McKersie said. “Like Greenwich, the Weston community sets the highest of expectations and provides its schools superb support. Greenwich always will have a special place in my heart and mind-for all that the town and school system stands for and achieves.”

Greenwich Board of Education Chair Laura Erickson announced on Friday, April 22 that Dr. McKersie would not be seeking renewal of his contract ending June 2017, noting that, “by several measures, the district is in a much better place than when the Superintendent arrived four years ago and has benefited from a period of stable leadership.”

Erickson added, “I congratulate Dr. McKersie on being the finalist to lead the Weston Public Schools, and we will work closely with him over the next several months to ensure the pending transition will be a smooth one for the Greenwich Public Schools.”

According to the Weston release, “Dr. McKersie’s candidacy is subject to a satisfactory site visit, background check, and formal appointment by the [Weston] Board in its May regularly scheduled meeting, and anticipate[s] that he will begin in Weston in early August.”

An educator for over thirty-four years, Dr. McKersie has been Superintendent of the Greenwich Public Schools (GPS) since July 2012.

He has led the GPS through the development of a five-year Strategic Plan, the implementation of a digital learning environment, the alignment of core academic curriculum to the CT Core Standards, and the advancement of a comprehensive assessment system, including the introduction of an academic growth model. Dr. McKersie was successful in obtaining the State Board of Education’s approval for the Greenwich Racial Balance Plan, which includes a renewal of the magnet school themes, a focus on narrowing the achievement gap, a new facility for the New Lebanon School community and a renewed commitment to neighborhood schools.

Prior to joining the Greenwich Public Schools in 2012, Dr. McKersie was the Associate Superintendent for Academic Excellence for the Archdiocese of Boston (2008-2012), where he was responsible for providing the strategic direction to promote and ensure academic excellence, mission effectiveness, fiscal sustainability and school vitality in each of the 122 schools.

Additionally, in 2010, Dr. McKersie served as one of 70 nationally-selected peer reviewers for the first and second rounds of the Race to the Top Grant Competition. He was also selected to chair the state finalist interviews in both rounds.

Dr. McKersie began his career as an Admissions Officer, and faculty member of the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Northfield, MA. In 1986, he became the Program Officer for the Joyce Foundation in Chicago IL, and then the Senior Program Officer in 1989.

From 1990 to 1997, Dr. McKersie was an Education Policy Consultant for a variety of educational organizations and commissions (1990-1993), including Education Commission of the States (Denver, CO), Recruiting New Teachers (Cambridge, MA), and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation (Chicago, IL). He was an instructor at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL from 1994-1995.

In 1997, Dr. McKersie became the Senior Program Director for The Cleveland Foundation, the world’s first community foundation, and the nation’s third largest, with assets of $1.9 billion and annual grant making of $85 million.

From 2002-2004, Dr. McKersie led a transformation project of Cleveland Heights High School in Cleveland Heights, OH, as part of a statewide initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the Knowledge Works Foundation.

In 2004, Dr. McKersie became the Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations for Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. In this position he secured over $30 million in gifts and pledges including the school’s largest single gift of $12 million to support the educational research, leadership, and policymaking.

Dr. McKersie received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Social Psychology from Tufts University in Medford, MA in 1981, graduating Cum Laude. He received a Masters in Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, MA in 1986 and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Chicago’s, Department of Education in Chicago, IL in 1997.

See also: BOE Member on McKersie Departure: Board Split Down Middle

 McKersie Will Not Renew Contract with Greenwich Public Schools


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  • John B.

    As in the Movie Jerry McGuire, SHOW ME THE MONEY !!!!!!!!!

  • Mark C. Berrigan

    The Weston Public School’s website states he is starting in August.

    Mr. McKersie’s will be leaving for a school district in which the High School starts at 7:45 and his day will end at 2:30 PM. One of the dozens of principals and admins and teachers who will now be fleeing for other school districts.

    Late Start Time Advocates get ready.

    There will be more retirements and departures to come.

    No teacher wants to work past 2:30 PM.

    Principal of Parkway, Principal of Ham Ave, if start times get moved up to 9:15 PM say goodbye to a gaggle of teachers and principals and get ready for our school district to suffer.

    Yes, John, show me the money. Money and good hours. That is what motivates educators these days.

    • Valerie

      Hmm, that’s really interesting in that what you say above didn’t happen when Wilton moved it’s start times later, didn’t happen when Dobbs Ferry did (just this year), didn’t happen in Sharon, MA, Nauset Ma, Fairfax VA. Seattle, one of the largest school districts in country, is moving high schools to 9am and doesn’t seem concerned. The Super in Nauset,MA was promoted from principal to Super after in his district and called implementation of later start times the best thing he did in his 40 years as an educator.
      “Parents’ enthusiasm for a later high school start time prompted Conrad to move forward with the idea. It took six years to become the first Cape school to change the high school start time based on research about adolescent sleep patterns, he said. Since then, Conrad said, tardiness has gone down by 30 percent and the amount of Ds and failing grades was cut by half.”

      Here are three supers. who recently banded together to change start times in their respective districts in Maine http://bangordailynews.com/2016/04/08/education/biddeford-saco-dayton-adopt-late-start-times-for-middle-high-school-kids/

      Also, many, many teachers work past 2:30 already as they stay to advise the hundreds of extracurricular programs (clubs, sports etc) at GHS and if you look at the teacher’s contract, you will see that they are compensated for that. And pretty sure that all 11 ES schools run after school programs, many staffed by teachers.

      We consider ourselves and evidence-based district and the evidence simply doesn’t support what you say above. I challenge you Google later school start times and see if you can find reports of a mass exoduses of teachers and/or administrators post start time change. Would love to see the evidence.

  • Randall Smith

    The fundamental question is, “For whose benefit do we run our school system?” If the answer is, “for the kids and taxpayers” then it is clear that GHS starts too early, and that we need a better way to evaluate our teachers and reward handsomely those that are excellent to “good enough.”

    If, on the other hand, the answer is, “Our school system is a giant New Deal style program to provide jobs to literally hundreds of administrators who never see a classroom and lifetime employment to some people who simply don’t belong in the teaching profession,” then we should keep doing exactly what we are doing.

    I believe the town wants and is prepared to pay for a first class school system. What I think we are not prepared to pay for is an unequally funded, fair-to-medium school system with a first class price tag.

  • John B.

    Talk about a sellout to the Parents /Taxpayers of Greenwich!
    He would be breaking his contract which ends in 2017 if he were to leave this August. Taxpayers and parents then have to $ettle for
    “another nationwide search” from a Con$ultant to find another short term Superintendent.

  • Donald J. Trump

    He has done a great job!! Greenwich is a tough place full of pushy parents, snobby kids, needy teachers and entitled administrators. A no win situation and this is why the superintendent turnover in Greenwich is setting records. Good luck to the next sucker!!

  • Jodi Weisz

    I hope the BOE gets smart and offers him a bump up in salary.

    If we have to find an interim, I suggest we hire Mara Adelsberg for three years and watch this district ROCK.

    It doesn’t matter if she doesn’t have a doctorate or a certificate in Education management or whatnot.

    If we lose McKersie, let’s use it as an opportunity for GREAT THINGS in Greenwich and Ms. Adelsberg is the one to do it.