Wakefield Superintendent Stephen Zrike announced this week
that Kim Smith, the current Wakefield High School principal, has been appointed
assistant superintendent effective July 2014.
“After six months in Wakefield, it has become clear to me that Dr. Smith possesses the leadership skills, instructional expertise and values about teaching and learning to excel in this critical role. I am convinced that Dr. Smith can best serve the children and families of Wakefield by expanding her role in our school system,” said Zrike in an announcement that appeared on his blog and which was emailed to local media.
In the announcement, Zrike went on to cite Smith’s 25 years of service to the school district as WHS principal, assistant principal, Instrumental Music Director, and Music Facilitator K-12 – not to mention the many titles and medals earned by band students under her leadership.
“In making this appointment now we ensure a smooth transition for both Dr. Smith and the school district. We are able to initiate a search for a new Wakefield High School principal with ample time to identify a strong leader. This thorough process will commence immediately and will be led by our interim Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Halloran. I am confident that we will find a school leader that will continue to build on the fine work of Dr. Smith and her staff at Wakefield High School,” added Zrike.
“Please join me in congratulating Dr. Smith on her appointment! I am excited to partner with her to further enhance the educational experience for all of Wakefield’s students.”