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Shawsheen Tech to Seek Interim Superintendent

March 19, 2019

BILLERICA -- The Shawsheen Valley Technical High School Committee is set to appoint an interim superintendent Tuesday, just a few days after it became public that Tim Broadrick resigned to take over a high school in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.

Broadrick, hired three years ago to replace Charles Lyons, worked his last day at Shawsheen Tech on Friday, the same day the School Committee issued a press release on his departure.

The release was sent out Monday. School Committee Chairman Robert Gallagher declined to comment beyond what was in the press release in an email to The Sun. Committee members Robert Peterson, Kenneth Buffum, Patricia Meuse and Lisa Puccia could not be reached for comment Monday. When reached on Sunday, both Meuse and Puccia declined to comment.

“The Shawsheen Valley Regional Vocational Technical School Committee is deeply regretful to announce that it has received a letter of resignation of Mr. Timothy Broadrick, who has served admirably as its Superintendent-Director more than three years,” the press release said.

Broadrick came to the district in 2003 and worked for the school in various positions, including as director of technical programs, before being appointed superintendent in 2015.

Shawsheen Tech serves the Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Tewksbury and Wilmington communities.

According to the release, Broadrick’s time as superintendent saw the district complete expansion and renovation projects, security upgrades, the purchase of grant-funded equipment totaling “nearly $1 million,” and the launch of students taking dual-enrollment courses at Middlesex Community College.

Broadrick confirmed Sunday that he had accepted a superintendent position at Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, N.H. He is expected to start his new position on July 1.

Broadrick told The Sun on Sunday that he will serve in his new role part time for the “first few years” while he pursues his doctorate.

While Broadrick’s contract at Shawsheen Tech expires in June, the School Committee is expected to appoint an interim superintendent during its meeting Tuesday night.

“Although Mr. Broadrick is available to remain in the district for the rest of the school year, both parties agree that an interim solution is likely to benefit the district, as Mr. Broadrick anticipates starting in his next role by July 1,” the release said.

Completing a search for a new superintendent by July is unlikely, according to the release.

In December, Broadrick was named a finalist for a superintendent position in the Masconomet Regional School District, as was reported on Wicked Local’s Topsfield website. The school is in Topsfield and also serves students from Boxford and Middleton.

In his letter of resignation, Broadrick acknowledged his interest in moving to the K-12 “comprehensive school arena,” according to the Shawsheen press release.

“I am pursuing a path that will afford me that opportunity while also allowing me the time and opportunity to complete a doctoral degree during the next few years,’” the release stated, quoting Broadrick’s letter.

Broadrick told The Sun on Sunday that he is Shawsheen’s third superintendent. He replaced Lyons who retired in 2015 after 28 years.