Scully, Retired Superintendent Lawrence MA and Haverhill MA

Jim Scully, Superintendent (Retired )

Starting in public education in 1970, Jim Scully was also the leading sales and installation representative for a leading security firm in the north shore area of Massachusetts for five years.

In education, He rose through ranks and in 1987 became the youngest serving Superintendent in the Commonwealth in Lawrence Massachusetts. Jim served as Lawrence Superintendent for ten years and at that time it was believed that he was the longest serving urban Superintendent. He concluded his career by serving as Superintendent of Schools in Haverhill, Massachusetts for eight years, retiring from public education in June of 2018.

Many of the practices that are now considered commonplace in schools can be traced back to initiatives led by Jim.

To name just a few:

SRO’s – in the 1980’s Jim worked with Lawrence PD to get full time officers in the schools in order to establish a law enforcement presence, but also to build relationships between young citizens and the police. This effort helped transform SRO’s to what they are today.

Many of the techniques and security procedures promulgated after Columbine were initiated by Jim in Lawrence, with the full support of former Mayor Kevin Sullivan and the Lawrence Police Department. These measures included procedures to make staff and students more aware of their environment along with exterior and interior video surveillance, a visible police presence in and around schools, minimizing entry points into the schools so that students could be better monitored, along with many other practices that are now existent in many schools, but certainly not all. Jim Scully has been recognized regionally by his work ethic, adherence to ethical practices and total focus in bettering conditions and practices in schools that benefit and enrich the lives of students in the classrooms and athletic arenas.

Jim Scully has agreed to serve on our advisory team to help us continue and expand the best practice notion for schools and children by bringing his ability to perceive concerns, listen closely to what educators are saying, and to transform their thoughts into a safe and comfortable environment where parents are reasonably assured that a school system is doing what is proper and right.

Starting in public education in 1970, Jim Scully was also the leading sales and installation representative for a leading security firm in the north shore area of Massachusetts for five years.

In education, He rose through ranks and in 1987 became the youngest serving Superintendent in the Commonwealth in Lawrence Massachusetts. Jim served as Lawrence Superintendent for ten years and at that time it was believed that he was the longest serving urban Superintendent. He concluded his career by serving as Superintendent of Schools in Haverhill, Massachusetts for eight years, retiring from public education in June of 2018.