Westborough Public Schools announce superintendent finalists

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Westborough Public Schools announce superintendent finalists
Principal Brian Callaghan commends graduating seniors for rising to face challenges. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

WESTBOROUGH – The school district has announced the three finalists for Superintendent of Westborough Public Schools.

On Monday, Feb. 5, the finalists will be touring the schools, followed by a public forum from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mill Pond School auditorium.

At the forum, each candidate will have a 30- to 40-minute time block to answer predetermined questions obtained through a community survey. Westborough TV will also be live streaming and recording the event for those unable to come in person.

The finalists:

Allison Borchers, Assistant Superintendent, Westwood Public Schools. Borchers has served in this role since 2017. Prior to that, she held positions as a middle school principal, assistant principal and grade eight classroom teacher in Westwood. She earned a masters of education from Lesley University, and her administrative license through a program at Boston University.

Brian Callaghan, principal, Westborough High School. Callaghan has been with Westborough Public Schools since 2000, and has held his current role since 2013. He has also served as assistant principal and director of athletics for the district. Before accepting a job with Westborough Public Schools, Callaghan was a social studies teacher in West Boylston. He earned his master’s degree in educational administration from Cambridge College.

Kristin DeFrancisco, assistant superintendent, Groton-Dunstable Regional School District, Groton and Dunstable. DeFrancisco has been in her current position since 2020. Her previous experience includes roles in the Arlington Public Schools serving as the principal of an elementary school and the first principal of a new sixth-grade school. Additionally, DeFrancisco was both an elementary school and middle school teacher in Arlington. She earned her masters of education degree from Regis College, and is enrolled in a doctorate program at Rivier University.

Everyone will be asked to give feedback on the candidates via a short survey that will be sent out through ParentSquare on Monday. The survey will also be posted on the superintendent search process and timeline portion of the WPS website. Please note that the survey will close at midnight Tuesday, Feb. 6, in order to allow the School Committee ample time to review comments.

The School Committee will meet the finalists on Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Town Hall, Memorial Hall, at 5:30 p.m. A choice could be made before February school vacation.

Whoever is chosen will replace Amber Bock, who is stepping down after 10 years.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the School Committee at school-[email protected].

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