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From the Superintendent

Welcome to the Office of the Superintendent 

Bill Butler

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


Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year. On Wednesday, September 2, we welcomed back approximately 5,200 students to the Barnstable Public Schools. It was a smooth opening to the new school year. After a summer to recharge, students and staff were excited to return to a classroom environment.

Thank you to the Barnstable school custodians and maintenance staff for the cleanliness of our schools and classrooms, as well as the manicured school grounds. An enormous amount of cleaning and maintenance goes on while school buildings are (relatively) empty during summer months. I appreciate the work of our facilities director, David Kanyock, in supervising and coordinating all of our summer capital projects.

On September 2 we also opened the new Enoch Cobb Early Learning Center, which houses the Barnstable integrated preschool program. This program serves children with disabilities between ages three and five and their peers. With the opening of the Early Learning Center, the integrated preschool program now has a permanent home after several years of moving from one location to another.

Thanks to all of our employees for your continued efforts to move our schools forward. With our partners at the National Center for Learning Disabilities, we will continue this year to implement the Massachusetts Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) throughout the district. This blueprint for a single integrated, tiered system of supports responsive to the academic and non-academic needs of all students will help us improve our practice and improve student achievement.

Other priorities this year for me as interim superintendent include establishing a working group with wide representation to analyze student performance and other data and develop a district improvement plan and creating a long-range plan for the use and possible renovations of our school buildings and fields, taking into account potential changes in student enrollment.

Another district priority is the search for a new permanent superintendent of schools. The School Committee has appointed a search committee comprised of parents, teachers, administrators, community representatives, and Town Council and School Committee representatives to recommend candidates to the School Committee, and the search committee has begun work. I’m confident that there will be no shortage of candidates well qualified to lead the Barnstable Public Schools into the future.

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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