• A Message from the Superintendent

    Last week during the visit of Malcolm Mitchell to the Tilton school, where he read to the first grade students and to all first grade students in the city via a telecast – one of our teachers went up and asked if he could have his photo taken with him. He began the request by saying “I’m really not an important person but I’d love to have my picture taken with you.” Malcolm Mitchell immediately responded … “Don’t say that you are not important, you are the reason I am here, because of people like you that have turned my life around – had patience and understanding – taught me to read and helped me to get into college and ultimately allowed me to be honored with a position on the New England Patriots…”

     So this week across the nation we say thank you and  we recognize the hard work, the care, and compassion of so many teachers across this great country of ours. On behalf of so many in the City of Haverhill and beyond – Thank you…
    Also this week – we recognize our nurses – for they like our teachers – help mend the wounds, both physical and emotional, with a special blend of love and kindness. In our schools and in our health care institutions, it is the nurse that goes that extra mile to make sure our needs are met. Now matter how small a wound may be on a first grade child’s finger or during a crisis when seconds count – it is the nurse that is there with skill and confidence. Therefore, we all need to pause and reflect on the kindly care from such a talented group that has at one point or another in our lives – touched us in such a caring and gentle way…
    As we go through this week – take a moment to look within and appreciate the pride that is so evident on your faces as you see the success of your efforts in helping others…
    Thank you all…and God Bless you…
    Jim Scully
  • Haverhill High School Athletic Boosters Comedy Night

    March 22, 2017

    Dear Friends of the Haverhill Public Schools:

    As many of you know over the past several years, Athletic Director, Tom O’Brien and a dedicated group of Haverhill High School Athletic Boosters have put together a fundraiser comedy night. This year the even will take place on Friday night, March 24, 2017 at DiBurro’s Function Facility beginning at 7:00 p.m.

    I write to tell you two things. First of all, I thoroughly enjoy the comedians that Tom has had at these gatherings in the past. They truly do a great job. The second reason I write is to point out that when Tom O’Brien first came to Haverhill we had about 800 students involved in the Athletic program. Now we are have close to 1450 students participating in an expanded and very successful athletic program that have proven to regenerate community support for our schools. Therefore, please consider attending this year. I know the athletic staff, students, and parents would really appreciate your support.

    You may purchase tickets in the following ways:

    Haverhill High School
    137 Monument Street
    Haverhill, MA 01832

    Call (978) 374-5732
    Email Athletic Director Tom O’Brien or see through any Hillie Athlete

    James F. Scully
    Superintendent of Schools

  • A Message from the Superintendent

    Dear Parents/Guardians and Staff:

    Lately there have been articles in the press relevant to the safety and well-being of students that come from various countries and ethnic groups that attend schools in Massachusetts. Many cities have different situations, however in 2002 when I first came to work in Haverhill I quickly discovered the warm and caring attitude of school department employees in helping all assimilate into our system and community.

    Returning to Haverhill as a school superintendent I again discovered there is a general concern here for every student’s emotional well-being and feelings of self worth. All recognize and are grateful for the variety of cultures that come together in our schools which assist in bridging many gaps. If you visit our schools it is easy to detect that genuine spirit that so many share.

    All of our administrators join me in maintaining that spirit of respect and appreciation that has been a strength of this wonderful city since its incorporation around 1640.

    Thank you for your understanding of the myriad of issues that we in face in our nation, our state, and our city and I trust that all will share the value of virtue with prudence as we educate the many that are entrusted to our care.


    James F. Scully

    Superintendent of Schools

  • Believing…

    Monday, 02/06/17

    Good morning,

    Last night we truly witnessed the prudence in “never giving up”….

    Today, there should be a message conveyed to our students through this victory…that is never give up coupled with the value of being humble yet determined to succeed…

    Last night so many of us thought it was all over…we are all thrilled that we closed our eyes knowing the Patriots won…

    So today as we rejoice on the victory, let’s keep Tom Brady’s Mom – Nate Solder’s son Hudson, and so many others in our thoughts and prayers as they face their challenges…

    Have a good day as we go forth with a renewed faith and belief in the power of truly believing…

    Jim Scully

  • 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

    ProScience Analytical Services Report


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