This letter is from the School Committee Chairwoman, Ann Rittenburg to Members of the Belmont Public Schools Community. It follows the announcement that Belmont Public Schools Superintendent George Entwistle has decided to step down after two years on the job, citing “personal, family reasons.” Entwistle will be taking a position as Superintendent of the Scarborough, ME, school district. The Patch has written about it here.
I am writing to share the news with you that Dr. Entwistle, Superintendent of Schools, has informed the School Committee of his intent to leave the Belmont Public Schools at the close of this current school year; noting that he is compelled to return to Maine for personal, family reasons. On March 17th the School Board for the town of Scarborough, ME will appoint him to lead their school district effective July 1, 2011.
We have been extremely fortunate to have the benefit of Dr. Entwistle’s leadership during the past two years and regret, but understand and support, his need to return to Maine. He has, without question, added enormous value to the Belmont Public Schools organization and to our community. The work he has done to simultaneously build and strengthen the Strategic Leadership Team of the Belmont Public Schools, while working in partnership with them to engineer the BPS organization for high performance, high efficiency, and greatest return-on-investment leaves us in very good stead, going forward into the future.
The School Committee and overall Strategic Leadership Team will continue to work in seamless partnership with Dr. Entwistle for the remainder of the school year, maintaining our relentless focus on creating the very best possible outcomes for our students and our school community. We will also be engaging in a thoughtful, thorough, and inclusive process with respect to planning for both short-term and long-term transition of district leadership and will keep you apprised of those plans as they evolve.
School Committee Chair