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North Reading High School Principal Made Finalist for Rockport Superintendent

Principal Jon Bernard is one of three finalists for the superintendent position in Rockport.

Principal Jon Bernard is one of three finalists for the superintendent position in Rockport. The other finalists are Superintendent of Chittenden East Supervisory Union in Vermont John Alberghini and Superintendent of Mount Desert Island Regional School System in Maine Robert Liebow.

According to Bernard, applications for the position were due in February and there were originally 47 applicants. Bernard participated in a public interview in Rockport Monday evening and will spend part of Wednesday in the district.

Bernard is seeking the new position for professional growth, he said. He has been principal of North Reading High School for nine years, which he referred to as nine outstanding years.

“I enjoy the work in North Reading. I work in a terrific place,” he said.

He went on to say that he is feeling excitement mixed with nostalgia, as there is always a sense of mixed emotion when it comes to moving on to a new role.

“We have great students. They are the reason I do what I do,” Bernard said.

Bernard spoke highly of the support shown by North Reading residents this past weekend when the community voted in favor of the school building project. He felt very invested in the project, he said, and wanted to see it through. Bernard withdrew his candidacy for the Amesbury superintendent position last year, due largely to the school building project.

He chose Rockport because it is a smaller district and believes that allows one to get to know people better than if you were working in a larger district. Rockport has two schools, an elementary school and a combined middle and high school.

“You have a greater ability to affect change,” he said of the smaller district.

Bernard noted that the size of the North Reading school district attracted him when he applied for his current role. He has seen several children from one family pass through his school, which allowed him to get to know families as well as students.

Bernard is unsure of when the final decision for the Rockport superintendent will be made, but he is excited about where he is in the process and “looking forward to a new challenge.”

Maureen Vacca March 27, 2012 at 11:00 AM
North Reading will miss Principal Bernard's leadership & friendship. However, it is because of our friendship that I really do hope he gets the job. I think he would make a great superintendent in Rockport! And our paths will cross, on the athletic fields!!
Barry March 27, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Jon, Why don't you just leave already? You've applied for other jobs in the past. It's clear that you don't see your future in North Reading. We don't need a principal who is not focused on the future of NRHS.
Sean Delaney March 27, 2012 at 02:29 PM
I believe it is called professional development. Jon has been principal of North Reading High School for 9 years. Under his leadership, North Reading High School has significanlty enhanced its reputation as being a very strong academic institution. The natural professional progression would be for anyone in Jon's postion to seek out suitable positions as a superintendent. I wish Jon nothing but the best. That is what he has given to North Reading for the past 9 years. If chosen, it will be a loss for North Reading but a certain gain for Rockport.
Anonymous March 28, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Barry, You clearly have never met this man. One of the nicest, hardest working guys i have ever meet. He gave up one job to help out North Reading pass the new school. He has done great things at NRHS and I'm surprised that someone would even call him out on trying to further his career. Think what you want but Jon is one of those guys who knows everyones name and is always trying to help NR.

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