Before he can celebrate his inauguration in early January, Martin Walsh is currently putting together his team. His main goal is to ensure a smooth transition between him and Thomas Menino, who has served in the City’s highest position since 1993. Although Martin wants to start anew, he must be willing to open his team to other people, including those who are currently working at City Hall.
Many have mentioned that it would be relevant to include John Connolly in Walsh’s close team, as he gathered 48% of the votes during the mayoral election and still maintains a strong following in the city. Marty Walsh has said he is open to the possibility, but hasn’t confirmed anything yet.
One thing is certain, he isn’t planning on getting rid of everybody at City Hall.
Marty Walsh doesn’t want to miss a beat. His top priority is education and, in particular, naming a superintendent for the Boston Public School system. He wants to do this fast, in order not to lose any school time. John McDonough is the current Interim Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, and will continue to oversee the department until a permanent superintendent, who will have executive and administrative power over Boston’s 135 public schools, is appointed.
Throughout his campaign, Martin Walsh was in favor of postponing the superintendent selection until after the mayoral election. Now that the results are in, it is time to select a new superintendent. As the success of schools is vital to Boston’s continued economic development, Martin Walsh is seeking someone who will be able to improve schools and school facilities in Boston, as well as maintain the rehabilitation process started by previous educational reformers.
In Martin’s vision the superintendent should be in charge of ensuring that every Boston Public School is a high quality school, that every student has the same chance of success as any other, and that parents have options among several high quality schools close to their neighborhood.
Martin wants to increase the number of seats available in early childhood programs, which will allow students to prepare for post-secondary learning in middle school. Deepen literacy skills for all students and strengthen the efforts to raise achievement of students with disabilities and english language learners.
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