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Bill Butler

Bill Butler
Interim Superintendent of Schools
Phone: 508-862-4953
Fax: 508-790-6454  

I am pleased to report that the search for a new superintendent of schools is moving toward a conclusion. This week the superintendent search committee voted to submit the names of three finalists to the School Committee. The finalists include:

·         Sara Ahern. Dr. Ahern is the current assistant superintendent of schools in Holliston, Massachusetts. She earned a doctorate in educational administration from Boston College and a master of science from University of Massachusetts Medical School.

·         Kathleen Burnham. Dr. Burham is the current assistant superintendent of schools in Wilmington, Massachusetts and the former director of curriculum in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts. She earned a doctorate in leadership and learning from Rivier University and a master of education from Fitchburg State University. 

·         Meg Mayo-Brown. Ms. Mayo-Brown is the current superintendent of schools in Fall River, Massachusetts, and the former assistant superintendent in Fall River. She is completing doctoral studies at Northeastern University and earned a master of education from Boston College.

The School Committee will interview the finalists in public in early December. Following the interviews, School Committee members will conduct site visits to the finalists’ current districts. An appointment is expected to be made by early January.

The search committee includes School Committee members Margeaux Weber and Stephanie Ellis; Barnstable Town Councilors Sara Cushing and John Norman; Assistant Superintendent Kristen Harmon; Hyannis West Elementary School Principal Kathi Amato; Centerville Elementary School Principal Matt Scheufele; Barnstable West Barnstable Elementary School teacher Kelly Lawrence; Barnstable High School teacher Catherine Richards; parent Moira Bundschuh; parent and vice president of the Special Education Parents Advisory Council Kathy Bent; community member and town of Barnstable Community Services Director Lynne Poyant; and community member and former principal Sheila Burns. Working with the search committee are Barnstable Human Resources Director Bill Cole, Barnstable Teachers Association President Brooke Styche, Massachusetts Association of School Committees Executive Director Glenn Koocher, and Cape Cod Collaborative Executive Director Paul Hilton.

The search committee spent many hours reviewing applications and interviewing candidates. It received 19 completed applications and interviewed eight semi-finalists before recommending the three finalists to the School Committee. I want to thank the search committee members for their time and dedication, and I look forward to the finalists’ interviews.

Our Vision

The vision of the Barnstable Public Schools is to provide a common, standards-based educational program that will enable EVERY student to achieve rigorous performance standards in order to graduate college and career ready. 


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