Ernie HouleDear Assabet Valley Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members,  

I would like to take this opportunity to say I am honored and very excited to be your Superintendent-Director. The Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District is one of the finest school districts in the nation. Since being here, I have learned that the tradition of excellence that exists is due to the wonderful people of our communities and the hard work of our students and staff. I want to thank the members of the Assabet Valley Regional Vocational School District for their confidence in allowing me to be the educational leader for this district. 

Let me first share with you a little bit about myself and my family. First and foremost, I am a husband and father. My wife Maryann and I along with our two children, my son who is seventeen and our daughter who is three, currently reside in Leominster, MA. Although our kids are far from perfect we have strived to raise them so that when they become adults they are looked on as good people. I tell you this because my experiences as a father have helped to shape me as an educator and a leader. Some additional information about my background is that I also come from a family of welders with a combined 100 plus years of experience in the career field. 

As a graduate of a career and technical education with a career major in Metal Fabrication and Welding, it resonates to my core that I deeply believe in a high quality and comprehensive career and technical education for all students. Assabet Valley is well known not only for its career and technical excellence and rigorous academics, but also for the positive and healthy relationships between staff and students. The entrustment of the young people of this community in our care and the expectation that our outstanding staff will give their best day in and day out is something that I take very seriously. 

As your Superintendent-Director, my mission goes hand in hand with my passion and that is the reason I do what I love to do. That is, to maintain and grow a rigorous and relevant teaching and learning environment that provides every student with a sense of self confidence and belonging while helping students to mature intellectually, emotionally and socially; while perfecting their technical craft, improving academic knowledge and becoming productive citizens of a global community. It is crucial to every student’s success that they graduate from Assabet with critical thinking skills, employability skills, technical/academic skills and industry recognized credentials necessary to pursue and achieve their goals and dreams. Our primary goal is to provide our students multiple options upon graduating from Assabet. Those options include being well prepared to enter into the workforce, attend an advanced technical college or a two or four year college, to enter into the military or to become an entrepreneur and start their own business. 

Throughout my first few months at Assabet, I have spent time becoming acclimated to the district. I have had the pleasure to visit career and technical programs and academic classrooms, participated in building renovation meetings, met with municipal and business leaders and worked with our school committee, faculty leadership and our administrative team developing work goals and strategic planning that will maintain our need to achieve excellence and drive us toward continuous improvement. 

There is much to be excited about when thinking about the future of Assabet. Over the summer, we will experience the final phases of the building renovation project while students and staff see a much anticipated decline in minimal disruptions, construction and relocation that has been endured over the last three years. There will be some final renovated areas completed for the 2015-16 school year. We will also be looking for ways to improve communication for students, parents and staff alike because success is a team effort and every participant (student, teacher and parent) is an integral part of that team. When every participant does his or her best everyone wins! Lastly, we will strive to set strategic planning goals that include, but are not limited to, improving student achievement, reviewing our educational program plan, and increasing community awareness about the value add of a career and technical education while promoting Assabet as a hidden gem of the community.

For those who think that the benefits of Assabet Valley only serve students in secondary education, there is more to us than meets the eye! Every day we are making strides, through our Assabet After Dark program, to address 21st century middle skills in helping unemployed and underemployed adults retool and refine their skill sets to re-enter the workforce as productive members of society. We are also making an impact in the realm of workforce development through the offering of our nationally accredited Practical Nursing program that assists in educating adults to become licensed practical nurses in only 10 months. As you can see, we not only prepare our secondary students, which is tomorrow’s workforce, but through our adult enrichment and licensure programs we also make contributions to the local economy along with providing adult learners individual economic opportunities.

In closing, I wish all of you the best for school year and want to leave you with this thought provoking quote by William Arthur Ward: “Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” 


Ernest F. Houle 
Go Aztecs!

Ernest F. Houle

Administrative Assistant
Emily Blackwood