After 42 years in public education, Braintree Superintendent Dr. Peter Kurzberg will retire this summer.
Kurzberg has been the superintendent for Braintree Public Schools for 22 years, and has presided over difficult budgets, a growing student population, and the aging infrastructure of old schools.
Although seeing Braintree Public Schools through all of that and more, Kurzberg said his greatest accomplishment has been more simple than that.
“My goal has always been to work with the staff and do everything I could to inspire them to bring out the best that they have to offer to our students,” he said in a phone interview.
Kurzberg announced his retirement at a School Committee meeting on Monday, and in a letter to the committee, said he felt fortunate to have done something he felt passionately about for so many years.
"I have loved every day that I have served in this capacity, but I know that [it] is time to beging to transition to another phase in my life," he wrote.
Despite his extensive time in the position, Kurzberg said he will leave some work to be done for whoever replaces him in the role, including what to do about increased enrollment projections.
“Our focus has always been on improving student achievement and expanding offerings and opportunities for students,” Kurzberg said. “We’ve faced the challenge of increased enrollment along with the need for additional space, and I think that is going to be an ongoing project that is going to continue beyond my time here in Braintree.“
Already Kurzberg had begun to oversee the potential construction of modular classrooms to help with class sizes.
Kurzberg said the School Committee had not yet begun the process of searching for a new superintendent.
For his part, Kurzberg said he would help with the transition, whatever timetable that may have.
Kurzberg’s last day will be June 30, and come September, it will be the first time in 42 years that Kurzberg won’t be working on Labor Day.
Overall, the announcement is bittersweet, Kurzberg said.
“What I’m going to miss is to be able to go into the schools, to go into classrooms, to work collaboratively with our staff, but clearly seeing students perform and visiting with them in the classrooms is the most rewarding part of this job,” he said.