Bedford New School Superintendent Looks Forward to Meeting People

July 7, 2023

After his first week in office, Bedford’s new superintendent of schools said he is looking forward to opportunities to meet as many people as he can.

Cliff Chuang, acclimating to his office suite at John Glenn Middle School, said early this afternoon, “I’m very interested in meeting folks, and hope to set up a number of ways to do that,” even informally at venues such as the town network of trails.

Chuang, most recently a senior associate commissioner for the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, succeeds Philip Conrad, who retired last week.

Actually, he began transitioning in May, Chuang said, taking some days off from work to spend time with Conrad and his staff in Bedford. Monday was his first official day, when he moved in and “started learning how to use the computer.”

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Besides leaders in the central office and the town’s four schoolhouses, Chuang also has spoken with Interim Town Manager Colleen Doyle and Ron Scaltreto, acting facilities director. The Facilities Department is shared by the schools and the town.

The new superintendent has had contact with students during summer classroom programs at Lane School and the middle school. He said he also has spoken with School Committee members, and will present his plans for the academic year when the panel resumes meeting late in the summer.

Chuang said he met the group commander and command chief of Hanscom Air Force Base and soon will be meeting with leaders of the METCO program.

“People have been reaching out,” Chuang said, including a resident who was one of his first students as a teacher in the Boston schools more than 20 years ago.

Next week Chuang plans to attend a Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents conclave and get started in the association’s new superintendent induction program.

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