Superintendent of Schools for AOS 93

Dear Students, Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

My name is Craig Jurgensen, I am the recently hired Superintendent of Schools for the Central Lincoln County School System. I am pleased to introduce myself as your new superintendent of schools for the Central Lincoln County School System. I bring to AOS 93 a broad range of experience in education including time spent as a special education teacher, Director of Pupil Services, a staff member of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and adjunct instructor at the University of Massachusetts. For the last nine years I was Superintendent of Schools for a regional school district in Western Massachusetts that was structured similarly to AOS 93: five towns each with its own elementary school and dedicated school committee, all served by one regional junior/senior high school. I am proud of my work experience as a collaborative and focused school leader. 

This is not my first position in Lincoln County.  A number of years ago I began my public school teaching at Yaquina View Elementary School in Newport, Oregon – also the Lincoln County School District. Although miles apart, the districts have much in common with regard to the beauty of the coastal landscape and each community’s obvious appreciation and commitment to high-quality public schools.

After teaching in Oregon, where I met my wife, Judy, we moved to Western Massachusetts. There I completed my doctorate in special education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. My undergraduate degree is from the University of South Florida and my Master’s degree was earned at the University of Oregon. In addition to working for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, I worked in Northampton as the Director of Pupil Services. Most recently, for nine years I was Superintendent of Schools for the Hampshire Regional School District.  Hampshire is a consortium of public schools working together within an administrative structure similar to AOS 93. The district is comprised of five elementary schools and a high school, each with its own school committee.

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Judy and I have been married for 35 years and have two daughters, Eva and Tess. Eva is a new Speech/Language Pathologist who will start her first job in Williamsburg, Massachusetts this fall. Tess is employed by the Opioid Task Force of Franklin County and she will soon begin graduate school at UMASS to continue her studies in public health and policy. My wife, Judy, is the Director of Planning and Assessment at Holyoke Community College.  

 I believe strongly in the important role public education has in our democracy.  Additionally, the importance of school safety is a significant focus of my work. In this regard, I will work closely with school principals and state and local police, fire, and emergency managers to keep our schools safe and secure.  

Throughout the past several months while settling in and getting to know the region, I heard time and time about the strength of this school system and the exemplary teachers and staff. I am committed to ensuring that all of our students continue to receive quality instruction and that teachers and staff have the administrative support and fiscal resources they need to do their jobs well. 

I am honored and proud to be your school superintendent. I look forward to meeting you and being a collaborative and focused school leader.

Sincerely,

Craig Jurgensen