Announcing the new Executive Principal for SHS

Announcing the new Executive Principal for SHS
Posted on 05/07/2021

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May 7, 2021

Dear Salem Public Schools Community:

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Glenn Burns will join the Salem Public Schools as the Executive Principal of Salem High Schools, effective July 1, 2021. 

Mr. Burns returns to Salem after serving as the principal of Haverhill High School for the last three years.  During this time, the school improved attendance rates, increased enrollment, expanded opportunities and access to vocational technical education pathways and became home to the largest early college program in the state.  During his time in Haverhill, Mr. Burns also focused on elevating student voice through partnerships with Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Harvard University’s Harvard Education Law Clinic. Previously, Mr. Burns successfully led Collins Middle School where he expanded STEM offerings, sports programming and engineering courses.  Mr. Burns has focused on increasing student agency through partnerships with Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Harvard University’s Harvard Education Law Clinic. He also worked in the Fall River Public Schools as a teacher, school coach and assistant principal.  Mr. Burns earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bridgewater State College and a Master of Education in Leadership from Providence College.  Additionally, Mr. Burns completed a year-long fellowship through Boston College’s Lynch Leadership Academy.

In his role as Executive Principal, Mr. Burns will lead the implementation of our high school redesign efforts across our three campuses, which include Salem High School, Salem Prep, and New Liberty Innovation School, ensuring that every high school student in the Salem Public Schools receives an exceptional learning experience.  Mr. Burns is fiercely committed to growing early college offerings, workforce development opportunities, career technical pathways and extracurricular options for students.  Under his leadership, I am confident that we will see higher graduation rates, lower dropout rates, expanded access to advanced coursework, improved student performance on state assessments, and above all, increased student engagement, agency and leadership.

Mr. Burns is excited about joining the dynamic Salem High School community. He will work closely with Dr. Meier to ensure a smooth transition for students and staff.  As part of his transition, Mr. Burns will also schedule opportunities over the next few months to meet with students, staff and families.  I am grateful to all who participated in the interview and search process for our new leader.  Please join me in welcoming Mr. Burns back to the Salem community!


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Dr. Stephen Zrike, Jr.

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