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New School Superintendent outlines plans for next year

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AYER — Interim Superintendent of Schools George Frost wants to tag problems as close to the source as possible, which is where solutions are most likely to be found, he said.

If, for example, a parent has a problem involving a teacher, a parent/teacher “meeting of the minds” should solve it, he said. And problems in the lunchroom or elsewhere should be solved there, including troubles on the bus that can be worked out with the bus company.

Frost said he wants to strengthen interactive inks between the community and the schools. “Schools aren’t silos where last year’s grain is stored,” he said. “They are viable, pro-active” places where important things happen and the doors should swing both ways.

To start the ball rolling in his interim administration, Frost has scheduled open office hours on July 11, 13, 16, 18 and 25 and Aug. 1, with sessions from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. Those who prefer to chat one-on-one with the new superintendent may call Laura Callahan at the high school to set up an appointment, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Ultimately, I want parents to know those times are open and that’s when I’ll be in the office,” he said of the scheduled sessions, and his open door policy in general.

Frost’s résumé shows he has experience and the right stuff for the job, but he plans to be a hands-on administrator and visible as well. He wants to get to know the school community and the larger community in Ayer, and vice versa, he said.

Frost lives in nearby Chelmsford and said he plans to show up for school events during his watch, whether it’s sports, academic activities or a show. And when it’s called for he’ll attend meetings in town, too, he said.

“I’m going to be there to watch our kids perform and I’ll advocate for them” in town, he said. The common denominator is accessibility and the message he wants to tout is communication.

Interviewed in his office a couple of days before his job officially started, Frost was easy to talk to, clearly in charge, with a plan mapped out and a door that’s already open. People who want to talk to the new superintendent “can catch me in town,” he said. “I take this very seriously.”

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