Tutwiler will step down as Superintendent of Lynn in August

Lynn Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, will step down on August 12. (Spenser Hasak)

LYNN — The Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Patrick Tutwiler, told the school committee on Thursday that he is stepping down from his position, effective August 12.

Tutwiler, who is in the first year of a 5-year contract, said he was distressed by the decision but ultimately came to the conclusion that quitting is “best for my health and my family. right now”.

“We are understandably extremely disappointed to lose a transformative leader of Dr. Tutwiler’s caliber,” said Mayor Jared C. Nicholson. “He served our students, families and staff with distinction. We respect his decision and wish him only the best moving forward.

Nicholson, who is also chairman of the school committee, said an acting superintendent would be appointed before Tutwiler leaves, with a thorough search for a permanent replacement starting in the upcoming school year.

“Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Tutwiler and the entire LPS team, our schools are in a strong position,” the mayor said. “We will do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition.”

Tutwiler came to Lynn in 2015 as assistant superintendent and was named superintendent in 2018 following the retirement of Dr. Catherine C. Latham. Prior to joining LPS, Tutwiler served as Principal at Boston and Wayland, Dean of Students at Westford, and Deputy Principal at Boston. He began his career as a history teacher in Boston in 2000.

“I am grateful to have the privilege to serve as superintendent,” he said. “There’s still a lot to do, but I think the district is in a strong position.”

Tutwiler’s accomplishments as superintendent include increasing mental health supports for all students, as well as supports for multilingual learners and students with disabilities. The district introduced bilingual programs at the elementary level and expanded early participation at the college level through high school.

“I have always believed that academic success depends largely on the quality of faculty and staff. I’m sure LPS will continue to excel and persevere,” he said.

A Chicago native, Tutwiler went to high school in Minnesota and earned his bachelor’s degree from College of the Holy Cross, a master’s degree from Harvard, and a doctorate from Boston College.

He and his wife, Claire, have three children: Madeleine, William and Charles.

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