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Discussion: Will L-S Lose Out if Carpenter Leaves?

The superintendent announced this week he's a finalist for the a K-12 position in Harvard.

Superintendent Scott Carpenter advised members of the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Committee at their Tuesday night meeting that he has been named one of three finalists for a Superintendent’s position in the town of Harvard.

Carpenter has been at Lincoln-Sudbury as the interim superintendent and then the permanent superintendent for four years.

During his tenure Lincoln-Sudbury has remained among the top high schools in Massachusetts.

Boston Magazine recently compiled its list of 222 Boston-area public and charter high schools and also narrowed down the top 50 schools in the area based on a variety of statistics, and Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School found itself in the upper half, coming in at No. 16.

With L-S striving, should the school system and towns do everything possible to keep Carpenter here?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

JJoseph December 13, 2012 at 04:36 PM
LS will certainly lose out if Mr. Carpenter moves on. He is well respected by students, teachers and parents alike. He has done an outstanding job. He is very approachable and will be a huge loss. Unfortunately, with Sudbury having 2 school systems (K-8 and LS), there is always the looming threat of consolidation, which I believe is the right thing to do. Regardless, Mr. Carpenter has earned the respect of the community by doing a great job and I wish him all the best whether he stays or moves on. He deserves the community's support.
SkimThreePercent December 13, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I guess you will have to ask Boston Magazine. Better yet, follow the sage advice given by JJoe above. Carpenter himself has figured out that K-12 is the way to go, why can't others see it?
Just Wondering December 13, 2012 at 08:36 PM
By losing Scott Carpenter does this mean the town of Sudbury will consolidate K-8 to K-12? Did the SPSC have any inkling about Mr. Carpenter when they extended Dr. Wilson's contract with a pay increase?
Sudburytoo December 13, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Well when Bracket left and when Ritchie left there were two opportunities to get this done and they were blatantly ignored. The BRTF suggested this years ago and it was also ignored. My guess is that we will continue to waste adminstrative dollars rather than put teachers in the classroom. I hope I am wrong.
Tch_yr_kids March 01, 2013 at 12:50 AM
I agree that Scott Carpenter has done the best he can given the tight resources of the past many years. In tight economic times it's my belief that the positions of principal and superintendent are in conflict with one another. Perhaps the idea of consolidating into a K-12 district was rejected because of those 'pesky' folks in Lincoln and the idea that L-S should remain it's own district as it was created more than 50 years ago, to preserve the <gasp> unique institution that it is. As to Boston Magazine's rankings, these are pretty superficial and based upon the amount of AP courses a school offers. Barely or hardly a measure of an excellent high school.

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