A Message from the Superintendent
Superintendent James F. Scully sent the following message Wednesday, December 21, 2016:
Dear Parents, Guardians and all associated with the Haverhill Public Schools:
This magical time of year brings much excitement to many. It is also a time when many renew their hopes and dreams. For some, there may be a great void that is felt this time of year for a variety of reasons.
However, no matter what your beliefs or sentiments may be, on behalf of the thousands of children in our school system, I want to thank you for your faith in them and your overall support of our schools. As you may know, there are many facets to this operation including feeding over 12,500 students daily, transporting 6700 children, and providing for their safety and well being each day. In addition, this district has resurrected a strong academic and athletic program. Many of our children succeed in both the classrooms and on the fields. That success is because of your fundamental support and encouragement.
On behalf of everyone who benefits from your kindness, I hope you and your family have a very peaceful and happy holiday season.
James F. Scully
Superintendent of Schools
Update for the Haverhill School Family
I write to you today so that all in our city will know what has happened this past week in our school facilities, and so that you hear the facts and not the fiction that sometimes gets associated with incidents such as these.
Three of our schools had broken pipes – Haverhill High School had three locations – Pentucket two locations – these two sites had damage contained by crews that were alerted by newer detection systems. The Consentino had three locations and the detection systems there are from a different era and thus not capable of detecting such changes with pressure or steam issues. The Principal of the Consentino, John Mele, upon checking his building early Monday morning, discovered the massive damage that resulted from a burst pipe in a second floor classroom. Water poured into the school library and adjacent corridor causing the ceiling system to fail. Asbestos-containing sprayed-on fireproofing located above the ceiling in some areas was saturated, and there was a risk of contamination if it remained in place. In the second floor classroom where the leak occurred, asbestos-containing floor tiles delaminated from the concrete floor and were removed. The elevator system has suffered much damage and is still being assessed.
Despite the fact that all buildings had heating values turned up – the below normal freezing levels were extreme for some of our facilities. Had it not been for the efforts of many during that freezing period other issues would have surfaced.
Under the immediate direction of Tom Geary, Supervisor of Facilities, the proper personnel and outside resources were immediately secured so that damage could be minimized. Each and every safety protocol mandated by state and federal laws have been followed to the letter. This effort included the appropriate school representatives meeting with and consulting hourly with an environmental firm and an asbestos abatement contractor. This team evaluated conditions and developed a plan for removing damaged and potentially contaminated materials safely and in accordance with federal and state regulations. An emergency waiver was obtained from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection to proceed with asbestos abatement immediately. This state agency made multiple site visits and were most helpful with this recovery effort. Asbestos removal activities and associated demolition work were performed inside a series of negative pressure containments by Massachusetts-licensed asbestos workers. Massachusetts-licensed Asbestos Project Monitors provided oversight during removal activities, and upon completion of removal, performed visual inspections and clearance air sampling in each containment. All air samples collected were found to be below federal and state clearance standards prior to the teardown of each containment. The complete, detailed, lab report prepared by ProScience Analytical Services and our environmental consultant is available on the Haverhill Public School’s webpage.
I am most grateful to Tom Geary, John Mele, and the men and women who worked around the clock for seven days to allow the Consentino to reopen tomorrow morning. As Superintendent, I want to publicly thank our Mayor James Fiorentini for his support, the Haverhill Fire Department and their Chief Jack Parow, our school system’s custodial and facility staff, Haverhill’s Director of Inspectional Services, Richard MacDonald and his staff along with the staff of Axiom Partners, One Source Environmental, Dan Durkin the owner of One Call Facilities Services for their efforts, and Chuck Traver of James Page Insurance. I have kept the Haverhill School Committee apprised of the progress of the efforts and thank them for their support. As a result, every inch of the Consentino School has been scrubbed and is ready to to welcome students back.
The school library will remain closed while work continues during the evening hours. Students, upon entering Monday, will see one corridor area with approximately 210 feet of exposed ceiling area where beams, concrete, conduit, and computer wiring are visible.
Again, I am most grateful to all who have managed and worked around the clock to transform this unfortunate incident so that the children and staff at the Consentino and other schools can return to school safely Monday. I hope that all families and staff have had a good change this past week and your understanding and support is most appreciated.
James F Scully
Superintendent of Schools
Happy Catholic Schools Week to Sacred Hearts, St. Joseph
Superintendent James F. Scully sent this message to staff on Monday, February 1:
Good morning,As I have said many times to some who state one school is better than an another, we are fortunate to have many options in this region: Whittier, CCHS, Presentation, Phillips Academy, Exeter, Brooks Academy, and more.Here in Haverhill, we have two schools — St. Joseph, led by Carole Simone, and Sacred Hearts, led by Kathy Blain. Both are just the most caring and supportive individuals who, like you, put forth their very best for all their students all the time.This week they, their staffs and all associated with each school celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Haverhill is a close-knit and caring community; so if you see someone from either school, wish them your best as they celebrate their mission in this community.Thank you,Jim
Superintendent recalls sacrifices of Pearl Harbor
Seventy-four years ago today, our nation was struck by the same forces of evil that threaten us today.
Then, those jealous of our freedoms and democracy rallied to attack us at Pearl Harbor while Germany already had invaded France.
Today, as we live in the shadows of September 11, we pause to salute the almost 2,500 killed and close to 2,000 wounded at Pearl Harbor.
While the numbers of that Great Generation diminish, as educators we should always make sure our students know of the resolve of that generation that sacrificed everything to combat such evil.
Thank you for taking the time on so many occasions to allow so many to hear and learn of the freedoms we cherish and the sacrifices made to maintain our hopes and dreams.
From our home to yours: Happy Thanksgiving
As staff and students departed on Wednesday for the four-day Thanksgiving holiday break, Haverhill Schools Superintendent James F. Scully sent this message to the school family and to all families, friends and supporters in the district:
As we start this special season of the year, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your efforts on behalf of so many in our schools. Some are touched with sadness, for family and friends they have lost this past year, but I believe we have to be thankful for the gifts they have left us and the blessings we have shared.
These past few days, I have visited many classrooms, and I spent most of my day yesterday at Haverhill High School. As I went through the classrooms, I met so many young men and women who are a product of your efforts. As you reflect during this Thanksgiving holiday, always be mindful that so many are appreciative of the path you have helped prepare for them.
On behalf of the students of Haverhill, Assistant Superintendent Julie Kukenberger and Director of Strategy and Accountability Jared Fulgoni … I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
I would like to share information that Tom O’Brien has written about the athletic arena. Many of you know the student athletes he writes about, and so you know that they are standouts in the classrooms as well as exhibiting strong character traits and a demeanor we can all be proud of. See his message HERE.
Again, Happy Thanksgiving,
A Veterans Day message from Superintendent Scully
For generations, many have stepped forward to serve this great country without being asked. Your grandparents, moms and dads, sons and daughters, uncles and aunts, sisters and brothers, fellow teachers, aides, principals, administrators, security guards, and so many among us … they were not asked – they just stepped forward.
And when they took that oath that reads in part …
“I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservations or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter; So help me God.”
… They knew they maybe called upon to give ALL
It is my understanding that two thirds of our nation’s homeless are veterans. Many wait for days for medical care and the suicide rate is so high.
So, as we take time this Wednesday to reflect on what Veterans Day is all about, please today and tomorrow take the time with your students to discuss and share a story or event that illustrates the value of stepping forward.
In the photo above, the smile on that veteran’s face is so telling; he has stepped forward and so has that child.
May God continue to bless all those who have stepped forward and keep safe those who continue to do so.