Everett educator Dr. Omar Easy has interviewed publicly and is being considered as a finalist for the job of superintendent of schools in Quincy – on the South Shore.
Easy is currently the assistant principal for the Academies at Everett High, and interviewed with Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch and the Quincy School Committee on Aug. 4 in a public meeting.
“I believe my experience, my educational accomplishments and being in the trenches as a vice principal and executive vice principal. . . Will allow me to thrive,” he was quoted as saying in the Quincy Patriot-Ledger. “I chose to apply here because the population, the diversity, the multicultural environment of this school district fits me well.”
He is being considered with two other candidates, including the current interim superintendent of Quincy schools. A decision on the matter is expected on Friday, Aug. 14, when the Quincy School Committee will vote on their choice.
Among the conversations with Dr. Easy during the public interview last week were those about budget cuts. Koch indicated they expected major cuts to the schools and wondered how Dr. Easy would handle that.
The Patriot-Ledger reported Dr. Easy said he would prioritize student services first, and look to combine positions before eliminating any services or departments. He also said he would work to be more aggressive in securing grants to offset funding cuts, and he also said he gained a great deal of experience negotiating with unions while working at Everett City Hall a few years ago.