New Nashua superintendent plans full involvement locally
NASHUA — Dr. Jahmal Mosley, who will take over in July as the school district’s new superintendent, says he plans to be immersed in the local community.
“Nashua needs a superintendent that is going to be there,” Mosley said recently, adding his family is already searching for a home in the area.
In addition, his three children — ages 10, 12 and 14 — will be attending city schools.
“I believe in the Nashua public schools. I believe they are great schools, and because of that I should have my own kids be a part of that system,” he said. Mosley will be moving from Massachusetts, where he currently serves as assistant superintendent of schools in Sharon, Mass. He previously worked as principal of Somerset Berkley Regional High School in Somerset, Mass.
The new superintendent says the local school district needs a leader who will be around for a long time, adding many teachers have expressed to him the importance of administrative longevity and stability.
“I am here for the long haul,” he stressed.
This week, Mosley is meeting with principals and central office staff to begin a transition that will be implemented over the next three months.
“I am not going to start cold on July 3,” he said, adding there will be two or three visits each month to the district before his first official day on the job.
Mosley said he appreciates the diversity of the Nashua community, and he is excited about this new venture.
One of his first goals is to listen to staff, students and parents about their concerns and feedback, and to be accessible to the public as often as possible. He will reach out to educators, administrators, parents and the mayor’s office to talk about a strategic plan that will include goals for the district within the next five years.
“I believe that your strategic planning should be linked to your budget,” said Mosley, adding there is a lot of work to be done and there are many exciting initiatives already underway.
Mosley said he views the students of the Nashua School District as his own children, saying that if they are successful, then he is successful. When making important decisions, Mosley said he asks himself to first determine what is best for the kids.
“This is how we achieve success. I will never have a personal success,” he said, stressing the importance of teamwork.
If any changes are necessary in the future, those would be done transparently and collaboratively, according to Mosley. Right now, he said it is premature to identify any potential changes he might pursue within the district once he is at the helm.
Regarding a proposal to implement all-day kindergarten in Nashua, Mosley said he must first understand the full picture before commenting.
He plans to keep an open mind and sit down with the administrative team to discuss the topic of all-day kindergarten before making any opinion on the matter.
Currently, the district’s proposed budget includes funding for all-day kindergarten this fall.
Understanding that there are often differences among staff and school leaders, Mosley said it is his philosophy to understand each of the different perspectives, attentively listen and ask questions and then try to reach a common ground.
“You don’t have to agree with everything,” he said, explaining a compromise can often be reached once common ground is met. In the end there is no winner or loser, he said, maintaining that it is truly about the students, their achievements and their goals.
Mosley holds a doctorate in educational administration, policy and research from the University of Massachusetts, and a master’s degree in education with a concentration in special needs, elementary and middle school education.
He will be taking over for Connie Brown, the current interim superintendent.