Greetings from the Office of the Superintendent
Andrew BottSuperintendent of Schools, Brookline(617)730-2401
Andrew Bott became the Superintendent of the Public Schools of Brookline on July 1, 2016. Prior to becoming superintendent, Mr. Bott was the principal of the Lincoln School in Brookline from 2014 to 2016. Before coming to Brookline he served 12 years as a principal in Boston and has proven himself to be an intelligent, creative problem solver and an inspiring leader who has faced daunting challenges and produced remarkable, sustained results for schools and students.As principal of the Lincoln School, Mr. Bott significantly increased learning across student groups, implemented new school-wide anti-bullying initiatives, and supported long-term literacy and math professional development. He led the successful turnaround of Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury from a level 4 school in 2010 to a level 1 school in 2013, with a student growth rate that was the highest among comparable schools in the Commonwealth, increasing student attendance to nearly 96% and expanding the school day for students in grades 5-8. Mr. Bott fostered significant improvements in student achievement and school culture in each of the schools he has led.Mr. Bott holds a B.A. in Sociology from Rice University and a M.Ed. in Administration Planning and Social Policy from Harvard University.
Superintendent's Message to Families, October 16, 2018
Dear PSB Families,
For the better part of the last decade, there has been significant instability in the District and school leadership. Much of my work over the past two years has been focused on building a strong district team. I am extremely excited about the current team of principals, vice principals, deans/associate deans, directors, program and curriculum coordinators that has been built over the past two years. Not only is this team strong in terms of experience and their ability to build dynamic, positive relationships, but it is the most diverse leadership team in the history of our District.
As I communicated in September, I am charging our District leadership team, our principals, and our departments with the goal of strengthening Community, Collaboration, and Communication in our schools.
As part of our ongoing effort to strengthen communication, I am sharing both my personal goals as Superintendent for the 2018-2019 school year and the district's priority action areas. Our Offices of Teaching and Learning, Student Services, Administration & Finance, and Strategy & Performance have each developed one and three-year goals in support of the overarching priorities of strengthening communication, collaboration and community.
- Read Superintendent Bott's Goals for the 2018-2019 School Year
- View a complete list of the District's goals and deliverables for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond
I look forward to working together with the School Committee, the entire PSB team - educators, staff, students and families - and the Brookline community to reach these goals and unlock the gifts within each of our students.
Superintendent's Message to Families, September 14, 2018
Dear PSB Families,
The first week of school always brings about incredible feelings of possibility, excitement, and reflection, especially for students new to Brookline. This year, we are welcoming more than 1,100 new students to the Public Schools of Brookline. In August alone, our Office of Student Affairs (OSA) welcomed and registered more than 364 new students and their families. More than 8% of our 1st through 12th grade students are new to the district, and students are being enrolled virtually every day as registration continues. I want to personally thank our OSA staff, led by Meaghan Geaney. with Michael Chan and Diana Bookhart for guiding our newest families through the registration process and welcoming them to our community.
Of course, registration is just the beginning. Our guidance counselors meet with every new student and family before their first day of school to share information and schedules, determine class placements, and introduce them to the community. All of this individual attention ensures a smooth transition for our new students and is a wonderful example of the community, collaboration, and communication that drives our district.
Over the past few weeks I have been privileged to see our school communities in action, and after carefully listening to your feedback, I am committed to strengthening these principles for the 2018-2019 school year. Community, collaboration, and communication allow us to shape how our schools operate, empower our staff, and build strong social emotional supports. Most importantly, they form a foundation that helps our children realize their full potential and achieve the dreams they have for themselves, and for their future. These qualities must continue to drive our work in classrooms and ultimately become central to everything that we do as educators.
Our community is wonderfully diverse and full of promise and potential, and as our schools continue to get to know you and your children better, I hope we can unlock the talents and gifts within each of our students. I can’t wait to see how Brookline will build community, deepen collaboration, and improve communication this year – and I am excited to listen and learn from your voices.
- November 7, 2018 - Dr. Kalise Wornum - new Senior Director of Educational Equity Announcement
- Novemeber 2, 2018 - Response to the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting
- October 24, 2018 - Important Update on the Upcoming Transition to Brookline High School
- October 19, 2018 - Restorative Justice Community Forums Announcement
- October 12, 2018 - Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Peer Training Program Announcement
- September 24, 2018 - Indigenous Peole's Day Notification
- September 5, 2018 - 2018-19 Welcome Letter to Families