BBA President Serves as “Principal for a Day”

BBA President Paul T. Dacier poses with Headmaster William Thomas (Charlestown High School).

BBA President Paul T. Dacier poses with Headmaster William Thomas (Charlestown High School).

Yesterday morning, BBA President Paul T. Dacier joined over 150 of Boston’s leaders in visiting Boston Public Schools (BPS) to gain a firsthand look at the successes and challenges of the city’s school system as part of the BPS Principal for a Day Program. Paul shadowed William Thomas, the headmaster of Charlestown High School, for the morning.

Here are a few facts about Charlestown High School so that you have a better idea of what he saw:

  • With 954 students, Charlestown is one of Boston’s largest high schools.
  • 39% of its student body is Limited English Proficient.
  • 46% of students qualify for free or reduced-priced school meals.

As you know, the BBA works closely with the BPS on a number of our public service programs, including the M. Ellen Financial Literacy Program, the BBA Summer Jobs ProgramLaw Day in the Schools, and the Boston Debate League. Principal for a Day allows the BBA President to gain a better understanding of the school system and how our programs fit in.

Here’s what Paul had to say about his experience:

“It was eye-opening to see how hard the students and teachers are working in the face of budget constraints and a large English Language Learner population at Charlestown High School. The students have a thirst for knowledge and a willingness to learn and the teachers and school administration are dedicated to changing the students’ lives with less than adequate resources.”

Take a look below for photos from the morning:

Paul T. Dacier observed the school’s Math Content Team meeting.

Paul T. Dacier observed the school’s Math Content Team meeting.

Paul T. Dacier met with Headmaster William Thomas (Charlestown High School) and John Hanlon (Boston Scholar Athletes)

Paul T. Dacier met with Headmaster William Thomas (Charlestown High School) and John Hanlon (Boston Scholar Athletes)

Keep an eye out for future articles about Paul’s experience.

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Posted on November 21, 2013, in Principal for a Day, Public Service. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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