Hagman Named Interim Supt. at Shawsheen Tech
BILLERICA -- Shawsheen Valley Technical High School has a new interim superintendent.
The School Committee appointed Assistant Superintendent - Director of Finance Melanie Hagman as interim superintendent Tuesday night. Hagman’s appointment was effective immediately.
The move comes after Tim Broadrick resigned as superintendent to take over as superintendent at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, N.H. Broadrick’s last day with Shawsheen Tech was Friday.
In a press release dated Friday, the School Committee said Broadrick had “served admirably” as superintendent during his three years in the position.
Shawsheen Tech serves the Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Tewksbury and Wilmington communities.
In his resignation letter, Broadrick explained that he had wanted to shift to the K-12 “comprehensive school arena”, according to a press release from the Shawsheen School Committee. The superintendent position in Alton allows him to do that and pursue a doctoral degree.
With Broadrick expecting to step into his new role July 1, the School Committee felt that it was unlikely it could complete a search for new superintendent by July.
Hagman said she came to Shawsheen Tech in September of 1999 and served in various roles before becoming Assistant Superintendent - Director of Finance; a position she held for around six years.
School Committee member Robert Peterson nominated Hagman for the position during the Tuesday night meeting, citing the looming budget season.
“We need somebody right now and we need somebody that understands the budget,” he said.
When asked if she felt ready to move into the position, Hagman responded affirmatively and said she was ready to begin working with Shawsheen Tech’s communities. According to Hagman, the budget has been presented to the communities’ town managers, but must now be presented to the finance committees.
Meeting with the towns about the budget is something Hagman said she has always done in her work for the school, so the responsibility is not new territory.
Angela Caira, a guidance counselor at the school, used the meeting’s comment time to express her support for Hagman’s appointment.
“I feel confident that she’s going to lead us in her interim position quite well,” Caira said.
After the meeting, Hagman said she was excited to step into the interim role.
“It’s a great school, it’s a great staff,” she said. “We have wonderful people here, we’re very lucky.”
The School Committee now has to meet to discuss the search for a new superintendent.
“I’d like to see more involvement from the staff, from the community,” School Committee Chairman Robert Gallagher said about his personal hopes for the search, after the meeting.
According to Gallagher, the interim superintendent could apply for the permanent superintendent position.
Hagman has not said whether she will apply for the permanent position but said that she did not apply for it three years ago when Broadrick was appointed.
Broadrick came to Shawsheen Tech in 2003 and served in several roles before being appointed as superintendent in 2015. He replaced Charles Lyons who retired from the position in 2015, capping 28 years with the school.