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Lincoln Public Schools

Superintendent's Entry Plan


Superintendent's Entry Plan Report

Lincoln Public Schools

Rebecca E. McFall, Ed.D.


Superintendent Entry Plan


In order to ensure a smooth transition, my entry process began in the spring of 2012. The purpose of the entry plan outlined in this document is to communicate the process being used to guide my developing understanding of the Lincoln Public Schools and the Lincoln, Hanscom, and METCO communities. In addition, the plan provides a road map for how information will be gathered to inform my understanding of the current state of the schools including strengths and successes as well as areas for growth and improvement. Synthesis and analysis of key findings from the entry plan process will be shared with the School Committee in late winter. The key outcomes from my entry plan will be used to inform our development of the 2013 – 2014 District Goals.

The goal of the entry plan is to gain understanding of:


  • teaching and learning practices and outcomes
  • Achievement Gaps that currently exist
  • school and district culture and communication
  • employee morale
  • efficiency and effectiveness of practices and systems
  • relationships between the schools and its families
  • relationships between the Lincoln School District and the Town Boards and Departments

In addition, the entry process provides an opportunity to build strong, positive, open relationships with members of the communities served by the Lincoln Public Schools. 

In order to achieve the goals of the entry plan, a wide array of community members will be interviewed either individually or in a group setting. Classroom observations will be used to gather information about instruction and student learning. Community forums and coffees will be held. Superintendent Office Hours will be established for brief, dropin, appointments. On-going, regular meetings will take place with Central Office and school based Administrators. Regular meetings will be established with the School Committee Chair.


  • Information gathered through the entry process will be assessed on the basis of alignment with the following Core Values:
  • Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning
  • Respect for Every Individual
  • Collaboration and Community

The following documents will be reviewed to inform my understanding of the Lincoln Public Schools:


  • FY13 Budget
  • 5 Point Plan for Narrowing Achievement Gaps
  • METCO Plan and Report
  • Collective Bargaining Contracts
  • Policy Manual
  • Hanscom Contract
  • 2011 MCAS Report
  • 2012 MCAS Results
  • Parent and Student Handbook
  • Evaluation Handbook
  • Attendance and Discipline Records
  • Personnel Policies and Practices
  • Grants
  • MA Evaluation Regulations
  • Wellness Policy


Interview Questions for School Based Community Members:


  • What would you like me to know about your school?
  • What would you like me to know about the district?
  • What would you like me to know about you as a (insert role)?
  • As you look ahead to the coming year and the leadership transition, what are
  • your hopes?
  • Are there specific ways that I can support your work and growth?
  • Can you give me one piece of advice to consider as I move forward?
  • What questions do you have for me?



Interview Questions for non-School Based Community Members:


  • Please fill me in about your roles and responsibilities.
  • What do you see as the strengths of the Lincoln Public Schools?
  • What do you see as the areas that we need to work on?
  • What must be maintained at all costs?
  • Can you give me one piece of advice to consider as I move forward?



Interviews and Meetings from April through August:


Current Lincoln Public Schools Superintendent

Chairman, Lincoln School Committee

Hanscom Parent Ambassador

HPS Team Leaders

HMS Team Leaders

Lincoln Primary School Team Leaders

Lincoln Middle School Team Leaders

METCO Director

Brooks School Principal

Smith School Principal

Hanscom Middle School Principal

Hanscom Primary School Principal

LTA Co-Presidents

Business Administrator

Assistant Superintendent

Tour of Hanscom Air Force Base

Military Child Conference



Administrator for Student Services

Lincoln PTO President

Administrative Council

Administrative Council with School Committee

Curriculum Leaders

Lincoln School Mental Health Team

METCO Parent Group meeting in Boston

Military Child Conference



Educator Evaluation PLC planning meeting

Educator Evaluation PLC information meetings

Lincoln PTO meeting

Curriculum Leaders

Central Office Administrators

School Committee/Administrative Council goal setting meeting



Central Office Administrative Assistants (1 group meeting and individual meetings)

Facilities Manager

Town Administrator

Town Finance Director

Assistant Town Administrator

School Committee Members

Hanscom Custodial Group

Lincoln Custodial Group

Food Services Director

Network Manager


Lincoln Education Foundation

Preschool Coordinator

Facilities Tour of Hanscom and Lincoln Schools

Visit to Extended School Year Programs

Hanscom Building Project meeting

MSBA meeting

MASS Superintendent Induction Program

MASS conference



School Committee Members

Website Manager

Data Manager

School Nurse

Hanscom Air Force Base, Base Commander and Hanscom Parent Liaison

Lincoln Council on Aging

Wellness Representative, MIIA for the Town of Lincoln

FinCom/CapCom meeting

Conservation Commission meeting

Community Based Justice meeting

METCO Parent Group meeting

Bus Drivers

Sudbury Public Schools, Superintendent

Lincoln Sudbury High School, Principal/Superintendent

Chief of Police


To be scheduled:

School Committee Members

Coordinator of Student Services, Lincoln

Coordinator of Student Services, Hanscom

Instructional Technology Specialists

Additional Faculty

Fire Chief

Board of Selectmen

Department of Public Works

Bedford Public Schools, Superintendent

Massachusetts Audubon

De Cordova Museum

Lincoln Recreation


Magic Garden



Last Modified on July 9, 2015
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