Keep Mr. Mulcahy in Sudbury
Dear Dr. Wilson and Sudbury School Committee,
It is with great sadness that we learned that Mr. Scott Mulcahy, the assistant principal at the Haynes School, is being let go due to budget cuts. While we understand the budget situation necessitates these painful cutbacks, we wanted to write to show our support of a truly outstanding and excellent educator, who we would like to see find another placement in Sudbury if at all possible. Understanding there is a process is place for all interviews and hires in the district, we simply want Dr. Wilson and the School Committee to know that Mr. Mulcahy has our highest regard and support. Scott is exactly the type of educator and leader that we need in the Sudbury schools.
In his two years at Haynes, Scott has profoundly impacted our students. In addition to his excellent work as an administrator, Scott has initiated a number of programs that are helping make our students better people and global citizens, as well as creating a positive atmosphere based on the growth mindset that runs throughout the Sudbury Schools. Last year Scott started a 4th and 5th grade leadership group which has given students an opportunity to both lead and give back to their community. The leadership group has participated in a number of community service projects including creating snack packs for Maynard Open Table, fundraising for Haynes students to participate in the Special Olympics Unified Games, collecting small toys for children undergoing chemotherapy at Mass General, collecting DVD’s for the Metco buses and the list goes on. While Scott initiated and leads this group, he has allowed the students themselves to make decisions, form plans and promote their community activities, truly teaching them what it means to be active community participants, as well as role models for younger students.
Scott is also engaged and and available to all of our students on a daily basis. He throws footballs with the kids at recess, invites students to play chess in his office, greets them at drop-off in the morning with a smile and a kind word, talks to them in the hallways and encourages them to be at their best, and ends the day at pick-up with another smile and wave. Scott's great attitude and ability to handle delicate situations with a positive outlook has enhanced the overall school atmosphere in more ways that we can mention. In addition, Scott has involved himself in communicating with our parent organization, started a formal community garden when he noticed students were making one themselves, and enhanced the opportunities for the 5th grade safety patrol. These initiatives are not part of his job description, and are just a few of the ways that Scott continually goes above and beyond for our students. We are saddened that Haynes is losing such an extraordinary educator, but we are hoping that Dr. Wilson and the School Committee can find a way to keep him in Sudbury.