School Board Votes Unanimously to Appoint Flanagan to Position
The Burlington Board of School Commissioners is pleased to announce Tom Flanagan will be the next Superintendent of the Burlington School District. On Thursday, March 12, the Board voted unanimously to approve a resolution and contract to appoint Flanagan to the position
“We are thrilled that Tom Flanagan has accepted the offer to be the next Superintendent of Burlington School District,” said BSD Board Chair Clare Wool. “Mr. Flanagan was selected after a thorough, nationwide search. He brings years of experience leading curriculum efforts and has significant expertise in special education. We are looking forward to Mr. Flanagan’s leadership and welcoming Tom and his family to Burlington.”
“I am delighted to accept the offer of the Board of School Commissioners,” said Tom Flanagan. “I’m very much looking forward to working with the community to build on the strengths of the school system and to improve outcomes for the students of Burlington.”
Currently, Tom Flanagan is the Chief Academic Officer of Providence Public Schools, a position he has held since June of 2016. Previous to that, he was the Deputy Chief of Specialized Instruction for Washington, D.C. Public Schools from 2012-2016. He also worked as a Principal for three years in Washington, D.C. In addition to being certified as a Superintendent in Vermont, he holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and also a Master’s in Educational Administration from Trinity College in Washington, D.C.
Following the October announcement that current Superintendent Yaw Obeng would be stepping down at the end of the school year, the Board of School Commissioners launched a national search for a new Superintendent. More than 20 individuals applied for the position and a search committee comprised of board members, staff and parents worked to narrow the field to three qualified candidates. Last week, those three candidates were interviewed by the board and participated in a community forum.
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