Published in the December 24, 2015 edition


NORTH READING – Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Daly is staying put in North Reading.

Daly informed the Transcript last week he was not appointed to become the next superintendent of the Tri-Town School Union (TTU). The TTU, not to be confused with Triton Regional High School, is comprised of pre–K through grade 6 in the towns of Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield.

The assistant superintendent was named as a finalist for the TTU job last month. However, the TTU School Committee appointed Manchester-Essex Regional Schools’ Director of Curriculum and Instructional Technology Director Scott Morrison as the next district superintendent.

Daly e-mailed the Transcript the following statement about the process.

“I was honored to have been selected as a finalist for the position of superintendent in the Tri-Town School Union,” said Daly. “I learned so much from the experience and truly appreciate the support and kind words that so many in North Reading have offered during these last several weeks. While I am disappointed, I am also excited by the challenges and opportunities that await us here in North Reading with our new buildings, digital learning team and the incredible students and teachers that I have the pleasure of working with every day.”

Daly has worked for North Reading Public Schools since 2009. He began his tenure as North Reading Middle School’s assistant principal before he was promoted to director of academic services. He has 11 years of experience in education. Daly earned his doctor of education in educational leadership from Northeastern University, his master of arts in educational leadership from Framingham State University, a master of fine arts in writing, literature and publishing from Emerson College and a dual bachelor’s degree from UMass Amherst in both English and communications.

The assistant superintendent applied for North Reading’s superintendent’s job along with Superintendent of Schools Jon Bernard after former Superintendent Kathy Willis announced her decision to retire last year. A search committee interviewed both Bernard and Daly for the position but the committee recommended the School Committee interview only Bernard.

After Bernard was tapped superintendent of schools, Daly was promoted to assistant superintendent.