Bock stepping down as WPS superintendent


Bock stepping down as WPS superintendent
Superintendent Amber Bock draws on personal experiences while addressing the graduating seniors during the 2022 ceremony. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

WESTBOROUGH – There will be a new superintendent of schools come September 2024.

Amber Bock, who has served as Westborough’s top school official for 10 years, will be stepping down at the end of the academic year.

Bock notified the School Committee of her decision in early December, and the Westborough Public School community soon afterward.

“After 10 years, it’s a good time to hand over the reins,” she said.

Bock has decided to return to teaching, and has accepted a position at a school in northeastern Massachusetts.

In a letter sent to members of the school community, Bock credited faculty members and families for the school system’s continued success.

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“Walking the hallways and visiting classrooms in our schools, I feel an immense sense of pride to have been a part of so much amazing work,” she said. “Westborough is an excellent district that is thriving and will continue to thrive. Our performance benchmarks sit among the top-ranking schools in the state. This is driven by a wonderfully talented faculty who are passionate about their work and deeply committed to students.”

Search under way

The search for Bock’s replacement is under way. The job was posted on Dec. 11, with an application deadline of Jan. 15, 2024.

A search committee will hold the first round of interviews and narrow the field to a few finalists by early February. Afterward, the School Committee will hold public forums to allow staff and the community an opportunity to meet and ask questions of the finalists.

In late February, the School Committee will publicly interview the finalists, then vote to appoint a new superintendent.

The search committee includes Anita Patel, director of Finance and Operations; Debbie Dasgupta, WPS parent; Daniel Mayer, assistant superintendent; Jack Foley, principal of Gibbons Middle School; Kristen Vincent, School Committee vice chair; Latisha Broomfield, English Language Learning director; Maryann Stannard, principal of Fales Elementary School; Michele Fridley, Middle School World Language teacher and WEA president; Molly Lane, Mill Pond wellness teacher; Sherrie Stevens, director of Student Services; Stephen Doret, School Committee chair and Tammy Costello, director of Human Resources.

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