School Committee says Reagan has ‘laid strong foundation’ for future success

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School Committee says Reagan has ‘laid strong foundation’ for future success
Brian Reagan began serving as Hudson’s superintendent in the summer of 2023. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

HUDSON — In his first year as the superintendent for Hudson Public Schools, Brian Reagan earned high marks and a positive evaluation from the School Committee at its May 14 meeting.

The committee approved the end-of-year evaluation for Reagan, who began his work in the district in summer 2023. There was a subcommittee consisting of former members Molly MacKenzie and Steven Sharek as well as current School Committee member Chris Monsini, who summarized the report.

Overall, in terms of the three goals of district improvement, professional practice and student learning, they rated Reagan’s job as meeting the set goal for the first one and making significant progress for the latter two goals. 

“At the beginning of each year, there are goals that we have a subcommittee that works on this with the superintendent. This is an evaluation of meeting those goals,” School Committee Chair Steven Smith said.

The subcommittee worked with Reagan to collect data on if and how these goals were met using a rubric compiled by the entire School Committee, he said. Smith said Sharek “did a really good job” aggregating the data and subsequent report.

“This was a great process to go through,” said Monsini. “I think it went well overall.”

The School Committee unanimously rated Reagan’s performance as “proficient” overall due to the rigorous level of his work. In addition, he was proficient with all four of the standards for instructional leadership, management, family and community engagement and professional culture.

 Monsini said, “It is our collective judgment that he has met his district improvement plan goals.”

He pointed to the finding in the evaluation report that “Dr. Reagan’s first year as superintendent of the Hudson Public Schools has been a productive one and has laid a strong foundation on which he can build future success.”

Smith personally commended Reagan for coming into his superintendent role early and noted appreciation for handling unexpected things like the bus storage situation, in which the schools had to find a new location for the school buses after the previous storage site, the Department of Public Works facility lot, was no longer an option. Currently, there is an agreement with National Development, which purchased the former Intel property on 75 Reed Road, to temporarily park them there.

Other news

Facilities and Capital Planning Director Len Belli said that the two modular classrooms at Joseph L. Mulready Elementary School that were approved at Town Meeting for $480,000, a capital request that will be made with free cash. 

The design will be managed by Davis Architects with an estimated completion date of mid-January 2025. He has worked with a local architect on getting the rough sketches done because when it goes out to bid, it is under a different section of Massachusetts General Laws.

The companies which bid on the project will be bidding on a design as well, he said. They will submit plans, and the school district will approve of said plans.

Belli said, “We’re going to get on that as soon as we can.”

The Hudson School Committee welcomed two new members, Zach Maule and Marcia Mitchell. Both were elected at the Annual Election on May 13 with write-in votes. Maule received 90 votes, and Mitchell received 37.

In addition, Christopher Yates was elected to serve for another term on the School Committee.

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