Pierce to Lead McKay Academy
By Mina Corpuz
FITCHBURG -- Mark Pierce will serve as interim principal of the McKay Arts Academy until the end of the year while the district looks for a leader to oversee the school’s turnaround.
Acting Superintendent Bob Jokela announced the change Friday, which coincides with a transfer of ownership of the school from Fitchburg State University to Fitchburg Public Schools. McKay, which serves pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students, is located on Fitchburg State’s campus.
“Mark brings school leadership, academic coaching, and student discipline background and experience,” Jokela said in a statement.
Pierce was previously a math coach and an assistant principal at the high school.
His experience also includes helping Fitchburg High School with its voluntary turnaround through the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and having a relationship with DESE’s Statewide System of Support for McKay, which is classified as a turnaround school, according to the statement.
Turnaround schools are ones that receive support, resources, and training to help improve student learning through the DESE.
Pierce takes over from Lourdes Ramirez, who was an associate dean and principal of McKay since 2015. She has assumed a new position with Fitchburg State, according to the statement.
The job posting for a turnaround principal for the 2019-2020 school year was posted Saturday on School Spring, a job board for education positions.
Responsibilities for the job include establishing and implementing a vision for the school to improve teaching and learning outcomes and maintaining high expectations for all students.
Applications are due March 29 and the new principal would start July 1.
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