Following an extensive review of candidates, the newly formed Essex Westford School District Board of School Directors has appointed Beth Ellen Cobb as Superintendent commencing July 1, 2017.
Cobb, of Lyndonville and a career Vermont educator, is currently Superintendent in the Orange East Supervisory Union in Bradford, where she has been employed since 2010. A graduate of Lyndon State College, she received her Master of Education degree from the University of Southern New Hampshire. She is also a graduate of the Snelling Center Vermont School Leadership Project and the Vermont Superintendents’ Association Leadership Academy.
Martha Heath, Chairperson of the EWSD School Board said, “The Board is delighted to welcome Beth to our newly structured community school system. Beth’s experience in the classroom, her successful track record as superintendent, and her knowledge of curriculum and instruction are notable strengths. Known for her passionate and collaborative leadership style, Beth is a great person to lead our district through this transition and beyond. The feedback we received from the many constituent groups who interacted with her during school visits and staff and community forums was overwhelmingly positive. She communicated a profound enthusiasm for bringing people together to enhance student opportunities. We look forward to Beth joining us on July 1.”
“I am honored and humbled to have the opportunity to serve the communities of Essex and Westford as the superintendent,” said Cobb. “Throughout the past month I have had the pleasure of learning about the two exceptional educational systems. I look forward to leading and facilitating the collaboration as they become one, while maintaining a focus on what is best for the students.”
The Board’s appointed Search Committee interviewed seven candidates from a pool of 28 applicants. The finalists — Cobb, current superintendent in Franklin West SU Ned Kirsch, and Dr. Jay Badams of Erie, Pa. — comprised a group of three very capable and talented leaders. Dr. Badams is pursuing a similar position in the Hanover, N.H./Norwich, Vt. school district.
“We were fortunate to have a quality group of applicants from which to choose,” Heath acknowledged. “I wish to thank the students, staff, parents and community members who participated in the varied internal and community forums and provided the Board with essential feedback. I also wish to extend the Board’s appreciation to our Search Committee who worked tirelessly throughout this process.”