SHREWSBURY, Mass. -- Shrewsbury Superintendent of Schools Joseph Sawyer received an overwhelmingly positive mid-year review from the school committee on Dec. 5.
Committee members repeatedly said they were impressed with how well Sawyer handles the myriad of responsibilities he deals with on a daily basis. As the administrative head of the school district, Sawyer’s job encompasses an enormous range of concerns, from overseeing budgets and finances, to making recommendations on curriculum, to formulating district policy.
“The strength from our district comes from its personnel. It’s not our money,” said committee member Jason Palitsch.
Sawyer gave credit to the “tremendous personnel that supports me,” including principals and other support staff.
“(Shrewsbury) is an outstanding community to work in,” he said. “I’m happy to make a contribution.”
Under his contract, the superintendent’s performance is reviewed every year before Dec. 15. Sawyer was reviewed in seven areas, ranging from his communications with the school board and with the public, to his personal qualities.
Sawyer outlined his goals for the next year, including a budget proposal that will improve classroom sizes, leading the search for new principals at Beal Early Childhood Center and Walter J. Paton School and improving the finances of the Athletic Department.
School Committee Vice Chairman John Samia noted that the district continues to “move forward," thanks to Sawyer's leadership.
“There is a tremendous challenge in front of us,” Samia said. “There’s no doubt you’re up for the challenge.”