The Brockton Public Schools today announced that Cynthia Burns, Principal of Champion High School, Frederick Douglass Academy and the Brockton Virtual Learning Academy, will become the new Principal of Brockton High School effective Monday, October 25.
Burns returns to Brockton High School after serving as principal at the Keith Center since 2015. She was previously Dean of the Azure building and has worked in the district for 24 years, first as a History teacher and later as an administrator.
In a welcome message to students and staff Friday, Burns provided an explanation of her background and philosophy as an educator. She also reflected on recent incidents at BHS and the need to improve school culture.
“I, like all of you, have been gravely disappointed in the incidents that have taken place at BHS since the start of the school year and I want to be very clear. I will not allow the harmful actions of a few students to be a distraction to or cause fear in the thousands of students who are doing the right thing. Enough is enough,” said Burns.
Principal Burns intends to meet with staff and students over the next several weeks as she works to empower the community to reclaim the true spirit of the school. She is also planning a meet-and-greet so that she can introduce herself to students and staff. Information about that meet-and-greet will be sent to families as soon as it is scheduled.
"During the two decades that we have worked together in the Brockton Public Schools, I have come to know Cindy Burns as a dedicated and thoughtful professional who has earned the respect of her staff and students. I know that she is the best possible leader to rebuild our community's confidence Brockton High School," said Brockton Public Schools Superintendent Michael Thomas.
Susan England, Assistant Principal at the Keith Center, has been named Interim Principal of Champion High School and Frederick Douglass Academy.
Dr. Clifford Murray will transition into a new district-level position in which he will be responsible for devising and executing the district’s plans for the responsible and equitable use of nearly $34 million in funds to be received as part of the third round of federal Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER III), as well as millions to be received via the Student Opportunity Act which revised the school funding formula in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.