Southeast Regional School Board Appoints Assistant Superintendent Holly McClanan as New Superintendent

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Holly McClanan has been named the next Superintendent of Schools.
(Photo courtesy of Southeast Regional School District)

SOUTH EASTON — The Southeastern Regional School Committee is pleased to announce the appointment of Holly McClanan as Superintendent of Schools.

McClanan will replace longtime superintendent Luis Lopes, who will retire in August.

“I am honored and excited by the opportunity to take on this new role at Southeastern and build on the legacy of achievement that has been established over the past 15 years,” McClanan said.

McClanan currently serves as the District’s Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Grants and Compliance. She began her career with the District in 2013 as Director of Human Resources, then served as Executive Director of Human Resources and Compliance until becoming Deputy Superintendent in 2020.

In these roles, she led the recruitment, hiring, orientation, retention and benefits administration of all staff, and developed and delivered mandatory staff training. She has also secured over $1.8 million in competitive grants over a three-year period to support secondary and post-secondary programs.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, McClanan coordinated and managed the district’s contact tracing and testing programs and worked with local health departments to obtain information and supplies needed to help keep students and staff safely at school. She also wrote the district’s Elementary and Secondary Schools Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER) request for $2.8 million in funding to offset COVID-related expenses, including closing learning gaps. students and providing socio-emotional services.

She serves as chair of the district safety committee, Title IX coordinator, and participates in the Teacher Diversification Professional Learning Community’s ongoing initiative.

Since 2014, McClanan has served as a parliamentarian for the Southeast Regional Schools Committee, providing advice and guidance on the law and ethics of open meetings, participating in the negotiation of federation agreements, and working with the policy subcommittee. to update portions of the district’s policy book.

Prior to joining the Southeast team, McClanan served as associate general counsel for the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the quasi-public agency that provides grants for school construction, renovation and repair projects. schools.

“At a time when finding quality candidates can be difficult, as a district we were fortunate to have several highly qualified candidates, all of whom would have brought their individual strengths to the district,” said the school committee chair. , Tony Branch. “Ms. McClanan has a strong background in public and school policy, personnel management, grants and legal matters. administration that has led to the district’s continued success with high school and post-secondary students.

He added: “It was a difficult decision, both internal candidates have made a significant contribution to the school. We look forward to seeing Holly guide us forward, while acknowledging our Director’s contributions and her core value of children first! »

McClanan holds a Juris Doctor degree from Northeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Kentucky. She is professionally licensed as a Professional Superintendent in Massachusetts.