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Massachusetts school district offers Burrows its top job

Addison Central School District Superintendent Peter Burrows, shown at the district offices in December 2019, is negotiating the details of a job leading the schools in Milton, Mass.
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MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District (ACSD) Superintendent Peter Burrows has accepted the top administrative job for the Milton (Mass.) Public Schools, subject to successful contract talks.

The Patriot Ledger newspaper broke this news Friday morning, Jan. 6, following the Milton School Committee’s unanimous vote to offer Burrows the district’s superintendency.

The Independent reported on Dec. 29 that Burrows and Mount Abraham Unified School District Superintendent Patrick Reen were casting about for new jobs. Burrows, 52, confirmed at that time he was a finalist for the Milton job, vacant since the Nov. 4 resignation of the school system’s former superintendent.

Burrows, during a brief text exchange with the Independent on Friday morning, indicated a likely July transition to Milton, which would allow him to shepherd the ACSD through the balance of this academic year. The ACSD board was scheduled to meet on Monday, Jan. 9, a gathering that will allow Burrows to elaborate on his plans and set the wheels in motion for a superintendent search for the county’s largest school district.

For a number of years after he took over the superintendent’s job at ACSD in 2013, Peter Burrows would ride his bike to all of the schools in the district during the first week of fall classes.
Independent file photo/Trent Campbell

It was on July 1, 2013, that Burrows took the administrative reins of the ACSD. He’d previously worked nine years at Willamette (Oregon) High School, first as a teacher (beginning in 2004), then as an assistant principal before becoming principal in 2010.

A lot has transpired during his tenure at Addison Central, including school governance consolidation, transition to an International Baccalaureate curriculum, adoption of a strategic plan outlining the district’s educational priorities, the drafting of a facilities master plan to help the ACSD prioritize investments in its aging school buildings, and the withdrawal (and eventual reintegration) of Ripton within the district.

Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

 

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