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A Special Thank You... And Some Exciting News About the Superintendent Search

Dear Jackson Parents and Staff,
Well, we made it to Spring Break!

Please find a link for a different kind of message from the Jackson School District to wish you well - and to say thanks for all the ways this community has pulled together.

Here is also a very cool link to some Virtual Field Trips that you can take as a family over break. We hope you take some much deserved time to relax and recharge - and we will be here for you when you come back. Our plan is to resume our Remote Learning Plans when we return on Monday, April 20.

Before we kick off our break… we also wanted to share with you an important update about the approval of Mrs. Nicole Pormilli, our current assistant superintendent of schools, to take over the helm as superintendent of schools when Dr. Genco retires July 1. This information was in the published agenda for March 18, so we realize that many people may already know this information, but we wanted to announce it in an official way as well!

In any other reality, we would have put out advanced notice and announced this information right after the Board of Education voted at their March 18 meeting to approve her appointment. However, in this reality of COVID-19 and its consequences, nothing about our March 18 meeting was as it should have been. Our efforts and attention were focused on getting our students and staff set up and acclimated to Remote Learning Plans and getting supports and services in place. 
Given these pressing priorities, Mrs. Pormilli’s appointment announcement was put aside so we could focus on our students and staff. Now, as we get ready to take a well deserved breath for Spring Break, we are able to take a moment to recognize this wonderful news.

Mrs. Pormilli has a broad depth of experience in her 28 years in education, including nine years as an assistant superintendent and 15 years of central administration experience. A former literacy teacher, she believes in delivering both the educational and social emotional needs of all learners with compassion and excellence.

“I have been fortunate enough to work with and learn from Dr. Genco and so many others and I am honored to have been appointed to this position,’’ Pormilli said. “Jackson is a very special place, and it is truly a privilege to take on this responsibility.’’
Pormilli said the way the school community has adapted and excelled during the school closure and remote learning experience is just one of many examples of how this district takes care of its community.

“Jackson has excellent educators, administrators and staff members who believe deeply in educating and supporting children in every way,’’ she said. “I look forward to keeping the tradition of Jackson excellence while also developing in areas that will provide the skills students need for future success. Together, we will continue to raise our students up so they have the brightest futures possible.’’

The Board of Education voted March 18 to approve the appointment after completing a comprehensive search that netted dozens of applicants from across the state and region. After a thorough vetting and multiple interviews, Pormilli emerged as the board’s unanimous choice.

“We looked long and hard to find exactly the right person to guide us through what we know is an ever changing landscape, and we found it right here in Jackson,’’ said Board of Education President Michael Walsh. “Her strong background in curriculum and years of experience have allowed her to develop a clear vision for how to best serve our students and staff. We are fully confident in her ability to lead us into the future.’’

Dr. Genco praised the board’s decision.

“It’s very difficult to leave a district, staff and students that I love, but knowing I am leaving them in such capable hands makes it a bit easier,’’ said Genco. “I have worked with Mrs. Pormilli for nine years and she is truly one of the most competent and caring professionals that I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I am sure that she will continue to foster all the characteristics that make Jackson such a special place.”