Holman named Brookline headmaster

The Newtonite

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Vice principal Holman was selected as a finalist as headmaster for Brookline

by Samantha Libraty

Thursday, Brookline named vice principal Deborah Holman its new headmaster, Holman said.

“I was honored and humbled when I knew I was going to be headmaster. Being offered the position signaled a huge responsibility,” Holman said.

Holman will continue to work at this school until the end of the school year, and her new job begins July 1, she said.

“Throughout the spring, I will need to be involved in some transition activities that will require me to be at Brookline, but it is still really important to me to be here,” Holman said.

The search to find a replacement for vice principal will begin in the next few months and will include panels of faculty, students, parents and community members, principal Jennifer Price said.

“Holman’s departure will be a great loss for this school; we will never be able to replace her,” Price said.

“I have mixed emotions about her leaving: on one hand, I am extremely happy for her, but on the other hand, we will miss her greatly,” she said.

Expressing her sadness to be leaving, Holman said, “I grew up professionally here and it will be sad to go.”

“However, now that North will have a connection at Brookline, it could be an opportunity to open up a cross-pollination of ideas between both schools, aside from our athletic rivalry,” Holman said.

When Holman becomes headmaster, she will create an entry plan, she said.

“Duiring entry, I will listen, listen, listen. Listen to students, parents, faculty and students again. I want to hear their concerns about the leadership transition and their ideas about areas in need of improvement,” she added.