A conversation with Dr. Margaret Adams, incoming Superintendent of Hingham Public Schools. Adams responds to the recent, explosive school committee meeting where interim Superintendent Dr. Gary Maestas said he would request "bodyguards and a bunker to be installed in my home," because of "the aggressive nature of some of our community members," around the issue of mask mandates in local schools. Adams, whose contract was approved shortly before the disturbing revelations said, "There's a lot of healing that needs to be done around the pandemic. We think the pandemic is over. It likely is not." Noting that the school committee had earlier voted to lift the mask ban in public schools, she went on, "As we drop this mandate, we likely will be wearing masks again at some point. However, we've grown so much. Let's build upon the resiliency, the perseverance of our young people, our educators, and build a stronger school and a stronger community."
We also talk with Dr. Adams about social-emotional health of students; diversity, equity and inclusion in our schools; the potential of a new arts director for Hingham and what causes her the most stress as she thinks about the challenges ahead. Have a listen!