IPSWICH — School starts tomorrow for Ipswich students, and Bill Hart has been waiting all summer for their return.
He’s also been waiting for a desk chair, which just arrived last week.
But Hart, 52, the new superintendent of schools, has been keeping pretty busy since he arrived this summer to succeed Rick Korb, who retired July 1 after 15 years at the helm of the district.
Hart was previously an assistant superintendent for the Pentucket Regional School District, which includes Groveland, Merrimac and West Newbury.
He has used the time before classes resume to give school employees a chance to meet with him to help cast the vision for the district moving forward. He asked everyone for feedback on the schools’ strengths and challenges and their hopes for the future.
“I did that purposely because that was going to help form how I set my goals — and the district’s goals — for the next year and beyond,” he said.
In the process, he’s learned quite a bit about Ipswich and the schools.
“I’ve learned that this is a community that feels very passionately about its schools,” Hart said. “There is a real sense of collaboration, not just in the schools but outside as well.”
While he received a lot of positive feedback about working for the district, he said, several employees said the district didn’t have a clear vision.
“I think a clear vision is central to the success of the district,” he said. “Everybody needs to know what we are trying to accomplish educationally in the district.”
Now, with classes set to begin, “I am looking forward to getting in the classroom and focusing on the teaching and learning process,” he said, noting he is also excited to start attending sports games, concerts and plays and to see students’ artwork around the schools.