North Adams School Administrator to Lead Sutton School District /

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. – The Sutton School District offered the superintendent position Monday night to Kimberly Roberts-Morandi, assistant superintendent of North Adams Public Schools.

Roberts-Morandi was one of four finalists to lead the K-12 district of 1,200 students in the south central part of the state. She had her interview with the school committee on Thursday.

“I am delighted to enter into negotiations for the superintendence of Sutton,” Roberts-Morandi said Tuesday. “This is a community that strongly supports its schools, which have a history of academic and civic success. My years of educational leadership, and particularly those under Dr. Barbara Malkas and within the North Adams community, have provided me with the experience and confidence to take this next step in my service to others.”

She has worked for North Adams Schools as Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment since 2016, when new Superintendent Barbara Malkas recruited her to her new team. She was elevated to Deputy Superintendent several years ago.

Roberts-Morandi was principal of the former Adams Memorial Middle School and, after it closed, became a data scientist at the state’s Berkshire District and School Assistance Center. She was an assistant instructor at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Art’s Leadership Academy and a team leader at SchoolWorks, which provides guidance to underperforming schools. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from MCLA and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of New England.

The Millbury-Sutton Chronicle reported that Sutton School Committee Chairman Bruce Edwards visited North Adams and found that Roberts-Morandi was a problem-solver with extensive experience in grant writing and overseeing grants.

Committee members elected their top nominees and then voted for Roberts-Morandi as their choice.

Its start date is July 1, pending contract negotiations. Sutton began its search for a new superintendent in January; the current superintendent for 12 years, Theodore Friend, announced in November 2021 his decision to retire on August 1.

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Martha K. Merrill