Brian Reagan selected as new Hudson High School Principal
Hudson – Brian Reagan was announced as the new Hudson High School (HHS) principal by Hudson Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Lyons Jan. 21.
“Mr. Reagan has demonstrated exceptional leadership at Shrewsbury and in his previous position as Assistant Principal at Bedford High School,” Lyons said in a written statement. “I believe that Brian will bring the experience and skills most needed at HHS and I am very excited about the future and the role that Brian will play in taking Hudson High School to the next level.”
Reagan’s selection as new principal bring to an end a six-month long search launched in August, and signals the end of an era with the retirement of Principal John Stapelfeld after 31 years at Hudson High School. Describing the search as “appropriately thorough and rigorous,” Lyons chaired a sixteen-member Search Committee comprised of teachers, parents, school administrators and members of the community, as well as three members of the School Committee.
The search committee narrowed a pool of 20 qualified applicants down to seven semi-finalists, and three finalists: Reagan; Hudson High School Assistant Principal Josh Otlin; and Charles Caliri, the dean of students at Lexington High School.
Finalists had a preliminary interview with the superintendent prior to visiting Hudson High School for a day of interviews with teachers, students and administrators before participating in a staff forum during the day and public forum Friday evening. Written feedback was gathered at each step of the interview process and every candidate underwent a reference check.
“Each finalist was outstanding in many ways and each would be more than capable of leading Hudson High School in a great direction,” Lyons said. “I selected Brian Reagan because of his demonstrated abilities as a high school principal in a community with strong educational values similar to Hudson and because his leadership style impresses me as the best match for Hudson High School at this critical time.”
Shrewsbury School Superintendent Dr. Joseph Sawyer said, “While it is disappointing to lose [Reagan] I am happy that he will be able to fill this very important role in the town where he resides.”
Sawyer said he has started the process of soliciting feedback from the school community as the district now begins the search for a new principal.
“This input will help determine the direction I will take in selecting Mr. Reagan's successor,” he said. “I will be communicating further with the community about my plans very soon.”
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