Pope: 'Many Great Things' Accomplished in Short Time

The superintendent, who resigned Tuesday night, issued a statement outlining accomplishments during his two-year tenure.

The day after the School Committee accepted his resignation, outgoing Superintendent Anthony Pope said he was proud of the "many great things" accomplished during his tenure.

"I would like to thank the community of Marlborough for the opportunity to serve the students and families of the school district," Pope said in the written statement. "We have accomplished many great things in a short period of time that can be the foundation and building blocks for future growth." 

Pope did not address the reason for his departure. The School Committee voted to accept his resignation Tuesday night after an afternoon executive session and just before the board was set to conduct the superintendent's performance evaluation. 

Instead, Pope cited the drafting of a five-year strategic plan "Believe 2016," as well as the first district-wide curriculum framework as well as the popular Science Technology Engineering and Math Early Collect High School Program as highlights of his time in the district. 

"We should be proud of the work that we have been able to do for our children," Pope said. "I am very confident that the great educators who have played an essential role in this work will continue to move it forward. I wish the Marlborough School community the best." 

bill hedin June 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Typical Marlboro! One of the worst school systems ranked i the State. Marlboro is where sports come before education.
Heather Gould June 28, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Whitcomb parent, I believe this is the statement letter AFTER the resignation letter, not sure though
Caroline Ferreira Hanlon June 28, 2012 at 04:55 PM
Marlborough IS NOT one of the worst school districts in the state & in fact Marlborough High was ranked in the top high schools in the state. If you live in Marlborough what a disgraceful & disrespectful statement to make about our community, perhaps you should consider relocating and if you don't; GREAT! Get some facts before you make such an antagonistic post as that!
01752DY June 28, 2012 at 11:16 PM
As a parent of three MHS graduates, I know for sure that Marlborough offers a great education to motivated students. I'm proud to recommend Marlborough schools and have nothing but good experiences with Marlborough teachers and staff for nearly 20 years. You're either a biter parent who's student athlete lost to MHS this year or a local resident who's simply out of touch with reality.
Two little munchkins August 02, 2012 at 09:07 PM
@Bill Hedin, @Caroline Ferreira Hanlon, @01752DY - I take issue with these statements as a parent of a young family who lives here and who HAS done my research and not just listening to everyone else's heresay. SO far my epxerience has been good and of course you want to take in your peer's experiences but how can we applaud a 84% graduation rate as GREAT when a majority of our neighboring towns are in the high 90's? Marlborough is not the worst but it's no where near the top. The article Caroline is referring to only compared actual cities...Lawrence, Boston, New Bedford, etc...but we are not even close to being in the top 50% out of all the school districts in suburban Boston. Here are a few of my data points but there are hundreds out there. http://www.bostonmagazine.com/best-schools-in-boston/index.html and the ones that most new families look at before moving here or use when they move OUT after elementary ed is: http://www.schooldigger.com/go/MA/schools/0732001133/school.aspx as well as greatschools.com. You can disparage any one of these data points by itself but when you start running into more and more research tools that are more or less saying the same thing - then who is really out of touch with reality? Over 15% of our students are not graduating - we should be striving for better but we can't do that until we acknowledge that there is not just a little but ALOT of room for improvement.


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