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LYNN – The school committee voted unanimously last Thursday to appoint resident Lauren Walsh as the new school district attendance co-supervisor.
Walsh previously served as a response supervisor in the State Department of Children and Families, a role that aligns well with the responsibilities of an attendance supervisor, said Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Tutwiler.
She will join Kristin Fraher, a former juvenile justice supervisor in the Essex County District Attorney’s Office, who was hired by the city in 2018.
Job responsibilities include filing Child in Need of Assistance (ARC) cases, attending student court disciplinary hearings, and record keeping for Lynn Public Schools.
Citing his seven years of work in the clinical field, including his experience in leadership roles, Walsh “understands the job,” according to Tutwiler.
“I am delighted to recommend a candidate for the role of Attendance Supervisor who I believe will not only have a significant impact on our attendance initiative, but will be a great partner and colleague,” said Tutwiler.
Walsh was chosen from among several candidates who applied for the position and was interviewed by a committee made up of members of the district attendance team, its executive director of socio-emotional learning, two members of the school committee. and representatives of the LPS administrative team.
During their interviews, applicants were asked to demonstrate an understanding of the district’s mindset regarding attendance as a risk factor and how it aligns with the goal of achieving equity in its schools. , Tutwiler said.
Tutwiler said Walsh “blew them away” during his interview.
“The depth of her responses conveyed to show that she understands the work and has a solid understanding of our approach to solving attendance issues in the district, which is somewhat different from the effort to engage in other districts, ”Tutwiler said.
As a resident of Lynn, Tutwiler said Walsh has been in contact with community agencies and professionals in the city, which he says will ultimately allow for a “seamless” transition to her new role.
School committee member Michael Satterwhite spoke out in favor of the hiring, saying he agreed with Walsh’s assessment of Tutwiler.
“Lauren came in, interviewed and answered questions with real data and knowledge about what we’re hoping to do in this district,” Satterwhite said. “I am happy with his selection.
School committee member Lorraine Gately said Walsh applied for the job the last time the district hired and received feedback and suggestions on what to work on, including gaining more experience and occupying a supervisor position.
When she recently applied for the job for the second time, Gately said “she came back and hit a home run.”
School committee chairman, Mayor Thomas M. McGee, said he was “excited” to include Walsh on the district attendance team.
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