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Superintendent Peter Light

I am excited to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you as the new Superintendent of Schools for the district.  Since I began in early July, I have had an opportunity to meet many people within the communities, attend a variety of functions and meetings, and begin to hear stories of how our schools are experienced by our students and families.  These early experiences have been wonderful and I have been immediately struck by both communities’ passion for education and pride in the public schools.

As enjoyable as it has been to meet so many people in the community, my entry into our district has not been without its challenges.  As you are likely aware, we lost one of our students to suicide in early summer. This has been on my mind and on the minds of our leadership team, faculty, and staff throughout the summer.  I want to share with you that our administrators and faculty have been working throughout the summer speaking with students and families, and developing strategies to support our students, faculty and families as we return to school.  We have also been in constant contact with professional and community resources available to us to ensure that our programming is both comprehensive and effective. You will hear more directly from our schools, and particularly the high school, as we approach the beginning of the year with regard to specific, age-appropriate plans we have to support students as they return.

I also want to highlight that throughout the summer, we have continued to meet with community stakeholders regarding a particularly disturbing hate crime that occured on the high school campus just prior to the end of the school year in which a storage trailer was spray painted with anti-semitic graffiti.  I am sorry to report that, after a thorough investigation that involved the Acton Police and school officials, we have been unable to determine who was responsible for the incident. I want to be clear with all of our students, families, faculty, staff and community that hate-filled incidents such as this are an affront to our core values, and our schools will not tolerate, condone or accept this type of behavior.  There is nothing more important to me, or any of our administrators and faculty, than ensuring that each and every one of our students feels safe and supported by our schools each and every day. The district has done considerable work in understanding bias and implementing strategies to eliminate it, and I am committed to continuing this work with our administrators, faculty, students and community.

While the issues we have faced during the summer have been sad, challenging, and in the case of the hate-incident, infuriating, it has given me much insight into some of the strengths of our community.  The students and families whom I have met have shown remarkable resilience and engagement in our schools, and I have been able to gain first hand knowledge about the deep passion our faculty and administration have for the well-being of our students and the climate and culture of the schools across the district.

In the coming months, I will continue my entry into the district and will be communicating with you about a variety of family and community forums that will allow me to meet you and discuss your wishes for our district moving forward.  I hope you are able to take advantage of these opportunities to provide me with your perspective on our schools.

In the near future, you will be receiving information from us to help make the start of the year a successful one for all of our students and families.  This will include information about transportation, school start times, and school-specific information such as students’ schedules and class placements.  

In the meantime, I hope you are able to take time with your families to enjoy the last few weeks of summer.  I am honored and excited to be leading the A-B schools and look forward to partnering with you as we continue to build on the remarkable success of our schools, and tackle our challenges head-on for the benefit of our students.  As we begin the year, I hope that each of our students feels loved, valued, challenged and supported by all of us in the A-B schools.

Sincerely,

Peter Light Superintendent of Schools

Mr. Light can be reached by email.

 


 

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