Hudson Schools’ Provost, Kilcoyne get new contracts

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Kathleen Provost is the Assistant Superintendent of the Hudson Public Schools.

By Laura Hayes, Contributing Writer

HUDSON — The Assistant Superintendent and the Director of Student Services at the Hudson Public Schools will continue on in their positions for another three years.

The School Committee approved contracts for Kathleen Provost and Catherine Kilcoyne during its April 27 meeting.

School Committee member Nina Ryan was the lone abstention.

“Since I’ve not been around for the last month due to personal things, has there been a conversation?” she asked her colleagues. “…[I] feel completely out of the loop.”

Chairperson Steven Smith responded that there had been “a couple” of executive sessions about the contracts.

Before Provost, Jodi Fortuna has served as Hudson’s assistant superintendent. When she assumed the job of superintendent in 2014, though, the district opted to not fill her old position.

In an email to the Community Advocate, Rodrigues noted that Provost came on to fill the eventually reinstated Assistant Superintendent position in 2017.

“Kathy has been an integral member of the Leadership Team and has been a great asset to the work we have accomplished in the past four years relative to curriculum, instruction and professional learning,” Rodrigues said.

Provost’s contract will run through the end of June 2024. According to a copy of the agreement provided to the Community Advocate, Provost’s salary for the 2021-2022 school year will be $128,605.

Under the contract, Rodrigues will review her salary, and it may be adjusted pending mutual agreement.

According to Rodrigues, as Director of Student Services, it is Kilcoyne’s job to oversee all aspects of Hudson’s special education, regulations for homeless children, and student support services, including psychology, counseling and clinical services.

“Cathy Kilcoyne has been in the District for many years, and she is a tremendous asset to the District Leadership Team and school operations,” Rodrigues said.

Kilcoyne’s contract similarly ends June 2024. Her salary will be $140,552 during the 2021-2022 school year. Similar to Provost, Kilcoyne’s salary will be reviewed annually.

“We are fortunate to have them representing the District,” Rodrigues said of both Provost and Kilcoyne.