It is a pleasure to join you as the new Superintendent of the Westborough Public Schools. It was evident during the interview and hiring process that the district prides itself in being an integral part of the vibrant Westborough community. There is clearly much to celebrate regarding our academic excellence, our successes in arts and athletics, and our commitment to developing diversely talented students. Sustaining excellence is a continual and shared process. Successful districts have a focus toward ongoing improvement that anticipates the next level of learning that students need in order to thrive in a complex society. To that end, I will be working over the coming year to immerse myself in the community during the implementation of my entry plan. My goal is to listen and learn about our schools and to then collaboratively develop a five-year plan that incorporates ideas from across the community, students and faculty. Our faculty and staff will be actively preparing to welcome students and families for the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Enjoy a restful summer.