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BPS names assistant superintendent to oversee vocational education

Posted by Patrick Rosso  February 15, 2013 04:44 PM

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A superintendent from Danvers will fill the Boston Public School’s newly created Assistant Superintendent for Technical/Vocational Network position, BPS said Friday.

Roger Bourgeois, of the Essex Agricultural and Technical High School located in Danvers, was chosen for the new position by Superintendent Dr. Carol R. Johnson.

“Roger has a demonstrated success in creating centers of excellence at technical and vocational high schools,” Johnson said in a statement. “I’m glad to have found someone of his caliber to help us bring our vision of Madison Park to life.”

The position will oversee all the system’s vocational programs and facilities, but will immediately concentrate on the Madison Park High School and the implementation of its “Innovation School” plan.

Designated an Innovation School in 2012 after a vote by staff and BPS’ School Committee, Madison Park administrators are currently redesign the school. The innovation status gives administrators greater flexibility in curriculum design and more independence from the teachers’ union.

“I’m excited and honored to be a part of this transformative work within the Boston Public Schools,” Bourgeois said in a statement. “With the support of city and school leaders such as Mayor Menino and Superintendent Johnson, there is no doubt great things are on the horizon for Madison Park and all BPS students who choose to enroll in technical or vocational education.”

Bourgeois, who will be the first to serve in the new position, was an Assistant Superintendent at Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in Billerica, MA prior to his work at Essex.

He will start Apr. 1.

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