Shawsheen’s McIntosh Hits One Month Milestone
The school community, ready for some stability, is feeling a sense of relief and calm
Provided by Allison Cammarata, Director of Community Services & Workforce Development
BILLERICA – Shawsheen’s new head of school Tony McIntosh has made it through his first month as superintendent, and big moves have been made.
McIntosh is a graduate of Franklin County Technical School in Turners Falls, where he spent over a decade teaching as a Metal Fabrication & Welding Instructor. More recently, he was the Construction Academy Supervisor at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, and the Director of Career and Technical Education at Keefe Regional Technical School in Framingham. Mr. McIntosh is a true advocate for, and product of, career and technical education.
On Friday July 1st, Tony officially moved into his office and greeted staff. The corridors were sparse, but his to-do list was abundant. His first priority was to work with the newly appointed Business Manager Jenna Lesko on finalizing the FY23 Operating Budget. He participated in the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendent’s conference and held an intensive one-day retreat to work with Shawsheen’s school committee. Parallelly, he started cabinet meetings with his administrative team, has been working to address the school’s schedule challenges, and has met with key members within the school community. Most notably, he swiftly approved the request to hire a new full-time special education teacher, which is critical in accommodating the needs of the incoming freshmen class.
Mr. McIntosh has been rapidly absorbing the challenges and successes of the district, while maintaining a calm and steady presence in the building. Most of the staff will not meet him until they return for opening days in August, but there is a noticeable energy shift for the better in the building.
On April 28, school committee members voted 8-2 in favor of selecting McIntosh for the Superintendent-Director position, citing his overwhelming dedication and knowledge of vocational education. Bedford representative Nancy Asbedian said, “he is the perfect role model for what vocational students can achieve, and we are lucky to have him.”
McIntosh’s appointment comes two years after a failed superintendent search, which lead Shawsheen’s school committee to hire seasoned superintendent Dr. Bradford Jackson for a short two-year stint. Shawsheen has had three superintendents in the last five years, and the community is ready for stability.
Teachers, administrators, students, parents, and school committee members are embracing their new leader. The community feels a sense of relief with Tony McIntosh’s appointment, and there is excitement around his commitment and experience.
About Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational School District
Established in 1965, Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District (SVRVTSD) is a student-centered public institution serving the five member towns of Billerica, Bedford, Burlington, Tewksbury, and Wilmington. Shawsheen Valley Technical High School serves more than 1,300 students in grades 9-12 and is “Dedicated to Excellence in Education”, integrating academics with more than 20-vocational-technical career pathways.
Shawsheen is located in Billerica, MA on a sprawling 100-acre campus. The school building features state-of-the-art facilities and athletic fields, twenty-four varsity sports, and dozens of extra-curricular clubs and activities. All of Shawsheen’s faculty and staff are committed to the mission “to provide a positive learning experience in a safe educational environment that encourages all students to reach their full potential, emphasizes the value of a strong work ethic, and prepares them for adult life in a competitive world.”
Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School District also provides high-quality educational programming for youths and adults through Adult Education, Afterschool Exploratory Programs, Community Events, and Summer Camps and Enrichment Programs. Shawsheen is consistently working to increase its rich and varied programming opportunities for the community, which supports its mission that education is a lifelong, continuous process with many paths to living a successful and fulfilling life.