Dear Runkle School Community,

I am pleased to announce the formal launch of the process to select a permanent principal of the Runkle School.

Students are at the heart of our work. The goals of the Public Schools of Brookline state that every student shall succeed, be invested in their learning, and be prepared for change and challenge. Having a school leader with a strong vision, a deep commitment to supporting all educators, and an unwavering belief in the abilities of all students is essential if we are to achieve these goals.

Because the selection of a permanent principal is so very important to the Runkle School community, this year’s search is designed to be inclusive of all voices  and rigorous in the vetting of candidates.

Earlier this month I met with the co-chairs of the PTO for an initial meeting. This meeting was followed by an opportunity for families to complete an on-line survey that asked questions about the vision for the Runkle School and the leadership qualities needed to achieve this vision.  Next, I invite all parents and guardians to attend a meeting on Monday, December 12 at 8:15am (in the Runkle Library) to share your ideas about the leadership qualities that you would like to see in the permanent principal.

I am also meeting with Runkle faculty and staff, and will be sharing with them a questionnaire similar to the one that you already received.  We will use the input from you and from the Runkle faculty to develop a leadership profile that will be used by the Search Committee when identifying and interviewing candidates.

The Search Committee will include twelve members:  four selected by the school’s faculty, three selected by the PTO co-chairs, one selected by the Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC), and four selected by me. This group will follow the timeline outlined in the attached schedule, with the goal of naming our preferred candidate at the February 9 School Committee Meeting. By ensuring an inclusive process where all voices are heard and valued, the end result will be a permanent principal embraced by the entire school community.




Andrew J. Bott


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