New BPS Superintendent On Battling Childhood Poverty, Goals For School Year

Brenda Cassellius (Credit Boston Public Schools)

Dr. Brenda Cassellius. (Boston Public Schools)

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Dr. Brenda Cassellius, the new Boston Public Schools superintendent, says she wants to visit all 125 schools in the BPS system in her first 100 days.

WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay caught up with Dr. Cassellius as she began her first day on the job Monday.

Cassellius, who was named to the position back in May, said she's honored to get the chance to work with Mayor Marty Walsh, the school committee, and the BPS community in "achieving wonderful greatness for students." She laid out her goals for the school year.

"The first thing to accomplish is a great start to the school year," Dr. Cassellius said. "Then, it's going to be, in my first 100 days, getting into all 125 schools. That seems to be very ambitious, but I really do plan on doing it, and then getting out into the community forums and town halls to get a good sense of our direction."

Dr. Cassellius also talked about battling childhood poverty, which was something she worked on in her previous job as Minnesota Commissioner of Education.

Listen to the full interview below.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Jim MacKay (@JimMacKayOnAir) reports

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