Day to day operations of Burlington School District are overseen by Superintendent Yaw Obeng, who reports directly to the Board of School Commissioners. In order to not operate in a silo, the Superintendent regularly meets three times a week with a governing body known as “Executive Council” and once a month with an advisory team of “Systems Leaders.”
In addition, there are several other committees that support District work. See below for more information on all of them.
Mission: Executive Council is a governing body of Burlington School District. The Executive Council advises, evaluates, and coordinates district-wide initiatives including ● Lead district budgeting process
● Monitor key strategic plan targets
● Provide feedback and direction to directors on major district initiatives
● Take corrective actions related to operations
● Ensure district staffing alignment
● Plan for School Board focused learning.
New ideas can be brought to the group by anyone in BSD, but must be sponsored by a member of the council. Your sponsor will provide you with a report template with questions like: Recommended Action/Alternative Solutions/Concerns Raised/Budget and Staff Implication/Communication and Implementation Plan and Responsibilities. This report should be submitted in advance and should accompany your presentation or ask.
Yaw Obeng, Superintendent
Dir. of EL Program, Miriam Ehtesham-Cating
Senior Director of Curriculum, Stephanie Philips
Director of HR, Ze Anderson-Brown
Senior Director of Finance, Nathan Lavery
District Lead Principal, Bonnie Johnson-Aten
Director of Student Support Services. Laura Nugent
Superintendent Executive Assistant, Bonnie Ryder
Principal Representation: BSD Principals attend the last half of Executive Council on a rotating, weekly basis.
Mission: Systems Leaders, shown in the photo above, meet monthly as a way to ensure cohesion in District efforts. The responsibilities of Systems Leaders include:
● Operational News & Updates
● Advise, update district-wide operational changes
● Monitor key strategic plan targets
● Plans with multi-year approach
● Ensure systems alignment
Members: District-wide team of leaders, along with the Superintendent, consists of the Executive Director of Curriculum, District Lead Principal, Executive Director of Finance, Director of Human Resources, Director of Student Support Services, Director of English Language Programs, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, Assistant to the Director of Curriculum & K-8 Registration Coordinator, Communications Specialist, Grants Director, Director of Equity and Safe Inclusive Schools, Early Education Director, Director of Expanded Learning, Food Services Director, Director of Property Services, Director of ONTOP/Horizons, Director of the Burlington Technical Center, as well as Principals and Assistant Principals at every school. Current members:
Principal Shelley Mathias
Visit the DEALT page to learn more about the District Equity and Access Leadership Team
There are a number of different teams engaged in ensuring that RP is fully implemented throughout BSD. Visit the RP website to learn more!
Mission: BSD’s Climate Team meets monthly to discuss and implement strategies and tactics to improve District climate. Want to be involved? Send us an email today!
Maria Castine, Early Ed Paraeducator
Miriam Ehtesham-Cating, Administrator/Executive Council
Russ Elek, Central Office
Christy Gallese, Afterschool
Phuket Jennings, Afterschool
Cheryl Niedzwiecki, BTC Teacher
Bobby Riley, Principal
Henri Sparks, Central Office
Andrew Styles, Elementary Teacher
The District Saftey Team meets each month to discuss issues of physical saftey in Burlington School District and how to be best prepared to react to or anticipate issues of safety and security.
Members of the team include all principals and representation from all BSD departments. If you’re interested in learning more or bringing an issue to the team to discuss or review, please contact: Sparks, BSD Director of Equity and Safe/Inclusive Schools, via email or at extension 23208