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Diversity-Equity-Inclusion Is Most Important Quality In A Superintendent of Schools, Somerville Survey Finds

January 30, 2023

“Commitment To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” is the number-one quality survey respondents in Somerville want for the city’s new superintendent of schools.

At 54.67 percent, diversity-equity-inclusion was the only quality to make the top-priorities list of a majority of respondents to the survey, which school officials say included about 440 people.

It beat 22 other characteristics respondents want to see in a new superintendent, including “Commitment To Challenging All Students Academically” (41.69 percent), “Articulates A Clear Educational Vision For All Students” (26.65 percent), “Thoughtful Curriculum and Instructional Leader” (23.69 percent), “Commitment To Empowering Parents, Students, and Staff” (22.78 percent), and “Integrity” (19.13 percent).

Somerville’s most recent superintendent, Mary Skipper, left the district to become superintendent of Boston public schools, where she started September 26, 2022.

Finalists are expected to be announced Monday, January 30.

Somerville is a city of about 80,000 people northwest of Boston. It borders the larger city.

In 2020, Somerville went for Joe Biden over Donald Trump, 88 to 10 percent.


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