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Officials Name Interim Headmaster for Boston Latin School

Michael Contompasis will fill the roll of interim headmaster as a search for a permanent headmaster begins

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    New leadership positions appointed at Boston Latin (Published Tuesday, June 28, 2016)

    An interim headmaster for Boston Latin School was announced Tuesday.

    Michael Contompasis, a former superintendent of Boston Public Schools and a headmaster of Boston Latin, will fill the role of interim headmaster as a search for a permanent headmaster begins.

    Jerry Howland, a Boston Latin graduate and veteran math teacher in the Boston Public School district, was also appointed as the school's associate headmaster.

    "He has a deep and abiding commitment to equity and social justice," said Superintendent Tommy Chang regarding Howland.

    The announcements come a week after the school's now-former headmaster, Lynne Mooney Teta, and assistant headmaster, Malcolm Flynn, resigned last week amid an ongoing federal investigation.

    A school district investigation report says the school failed to adequately respond to a student's threat to lynch a 15-year-old black classmate.

    The school department says Teta resigned for personal reasons, but there had been calls for her to step down after the group Black at BKS posted to social media citing racial discontent at the school.

    Athough both men could not make it to Tuesday's announcement at City Hall because of prior obligations, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said he's confident Contompasis and Howland are ready for the job.

    "The healing process begins today," said Mayor Walsh. 

    Boston Teacher's Union President Richard Stutman said, "I know they are two white guys, but they have a world of experience in the BPS that trasncends race."

    Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang also appointed Alexandra Montes McNeil as Boston Latin's instructional superintendent to provide support in instruction, hiring and budget decisions.

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