Upgrades to “Up” Grades
Haverhill Superintendent of Schools James Scully
The best thing happening in Haverhill’s schools is the rise in student achievement, says Superintendent of Schools James Scully. Since Scully became superintendent in 2010, MCAS scores have risen nearly across the board. The graduation rate is up, too, and the dropout rate is down. When Scully first came to the Haverhill Public Schools as a middle school principal in 2003, the high school’s accreditation was on probation due to the condition of the building. When he became superintendent of the district seven years later, the
high school was in the midst of a $10 million renovation that would save its accreditation and improve its reputation. Most of the city’s school buildings have been updated with new windows and boilers during Scully’s tenure, and the oldest city school recently received a new roof. Scully’s greatest challenge now is to pass a
debt exclusion to replace the dilapidated C.D. Hunking Middle School with a new building that will serve students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Scully’s goal is to continue to accelerate the pace of student achievement in every school and at every grade level in the district.
Photography by Adrien Bisson.