Experienced Leader will Join BHS Staff in July
Burlington, VT Burlington School District (BSD) is excited to announce that Debra Beaupre has been named the next principal of Burlington High School (BHS). BSD Superintendent Tom Flanagan recommended Beaupre after a thorough search process, noting that “Ms. Beaupre received overwhelming support from current BHS staff
and students, for her strong qualifications and experience, leadership, connection with students, especially those of the Global Majority, willingness to listen, and her genuine personality and sense of humor.” The Burlington Board of School Commissioners unanimously voted to accept Superintendent Flanagan’s recommendation on Tuesday, May 2.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Principal Beaupre to Burlington School District,” said Superintendent Flanagan. “She is an experienced leader and was the overwhelming favorite of our staff and students. She also received support from the majority of BHS families who provided feedback and has received glowing references from her work as a high school principal in New Hampshire. In my interview with Ms. Beaupre, and others, it is clear to me that she is committed to leading with an anti-racist lens and to offering stability to our school as we work to complete, and move into, our new school. Welcome Principal Beaupre!”
“The goals and priorities of Burlington School District and Burlington High School align with my personal and professional values; disrupting inequity, supporting teachers so they can work their magic, remediating the opportunity gap, and creating an informed citizenry through amazing high school experiences… I am looking forward to the hard work that is coming and am thankful to have been chosen to lead this great school!” said Principal Beaupre. “BHS reminds me of my high school in Somerville, MA- kids from all over the world with a wide range of cultures, languages, and ideas. This feels a bit like coming home and I cannot wait to get started.”
Flanagan noted that Beaupre will join current Assistant Principal (AP) Melanee Alexander and incoming AP Sabrina Westdijk, who has transferred into the AP role after serving as our principal at EMS for the last two years, this July.
Burlington School District (BSD) is a pre-k-12 public school system of about 4,000 students in Burlington, VT. BSD’s mission is to graduate students who: value different cultures, engage with the community, communicate effectively, think creatively, skillfully solve problems, and achieve at their highest academic, intellectual, and personal potential. Join the Journey!www.bsdvt.org