HARWICH – As the seniors of Monomoy Regional High School count down to their last days, so, too, is Principal William “Bill” Burkhead, who has been named the new superintendent of Scituate Public Schools, effective July 1.
Burkhead shared the news with district families in a letter sent by email Tuesday.
“In early January, 2014, I received a phone call from Superintendent Carpenter offering me the position of principal of Monomoy Regional High School,” Burkhead wrote. “This was an opportunity to be the first-ever principal of a brand new, beautiful high school. Last night, over six years after the call I received from Dr. Carpenter, I received a call from the chairperson of the Scituate School Committee offering me the position of superintendent for the Scituate Public Schools.”
Burkhead said the call was emotional and bittersweet given his deep affection for MRHS.
“My last six years have been the best of my professional career,” he wrote. “We have built a truly exceptional high school and district.”
Burkhead said he saw the job posting and that it caught his interest.
“I know some educators that live in the town, so I researched the town and the school system,” he said, adding that this was the only job he’d applied for. “I felt it might be a really good fit for me.”
After talking with his family, as well as people in the district and conducting further research, Burkhead submitted his application.
“I’m at a point in my career where I felt a change would be good,” he said. “I’ve loved all my jobs. I love education. I love helping people, kids particularly. I wanted to expand my role so I could have a more positive impact and help more people. My philosophy hasn’t changed. I’m a competitive person by nature and I like challenges, and I felt it was the right time in my career.”
That said, leaving the high school he had an integral hand in establishing comes with more than a little sadness. But when asked what he’d miss most, Burkhead’s answer was immediate.
“The people,” he said. “It’s all about people. The memories. The little notes from students. The meetings with parents. The community gatherings. The shows. I could go on and on, but ultimately, it’s the people. Whenever I was having a bad day I could walk out into the hallway and any one of the kids would make it better. Monomoy’s really a special place.”
Superintendent Dr. Scott Carpenter said he wished Burkhead well in his new adventure.
“I think Bill’s done a great job at MRHS, and I think he’ll do a great job at Scituate,” he said. “He’s been wanting to be a superintendent for a while and it’s nice for him to get that shot.”
During his time at MRHS, Burkhead was named Principal of the Year in 2018, and was a finalist in the Stoughton superintendent search last year. Pending contract negotiations with Scituate, Burkhead’s last day with Monomoy will likely be June 30. Between now and then, Burkhead hopes to offer the Class of 2020 a proper sendoff, and said he intends to finish his tenure as he started in 2014, “with passion and conviction.”