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Dr. Anthony Bent J.

Groton-Dunstable Regional School Superintendent

The Groton Line

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The Groton Line

31 Fir Road

Groton, Massachusetts 01450

United States

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Background Information

Employment History

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Staff Associate, Executive Search Program, Planning Services
New England School Development Council

Superintendent
Groton Dunstable Regional School District

American Association of School Administrators

Superintendent of Schools
Shrewsbury High School Alumni Association

Affiliations

Committee
GS 21 Skills Committee

Committee
GS 21 Skills Committee

Member of the Global Education Advisory Council To the Board of Education and Chair
School At Groton-Dunstable

Member of the Global Education Advisory Council To the Board of Education and Chair
Wellesley

Executive Board Member
FLLAC

Member of the Global Education Advisory Council To the Board of Education and Chair
MASS Global Studies Committee

Board Member
Education Advisory Councils

Education

Bachelor

Boston College

Doctoral degree

Boston College

Ed.D.

Master

Boston College

doctorate

Boston College

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Groton-Dunstable Schools Freeze Spending, Lay Off Staff After $400,000 "Accounting Error" Surfaces | The Groton Line

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Interim Groton-Dunstable Regional School Superintendent Tony Bent told parents about a dozen unanticipated layoffs of nonteaching staff and a districtwide hiring and spending freeze in an email Wednesday morning. The financial surprise arrived in a subtle way, sandwiched between updates on new technology and school safety improvements.

The cost cutting measures stem from a budget shortfall Bent estimated to be in excess of $400,000. He said that faulty accounting procedures for fiscal years 2012 and 2013 masked a discrepancy between what was budgeted and the district's financial commitments. The problem was uncovered by newly hired Director of Business and Finance Jared Stanton, who started work in July.
In the email, Bent explained that the district " ... has been forced to layoff [sic] or reduce hours of approximately a dozen staff members. In order to be part of the solution to this problem, I have asked the School Committee to reduce the remaining portion of my contract to 80%. While no classroom teachers are involved, staff in support positions, indeed, have been affected. These actions became necessary as it became evident that the school budget for 2013-2014 was not built upon a solid foundation and current expenses exceed budgeted amounts. He added that he and the finance staff are "fully committed to resolving these issues going forward."
In a telephone interview, Bent said that there were "Errors made in the construction of the salary obligations in several employee groups."
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Bent was unwilling to pinpoint the source of the mistakes but admitted some frustration when he learned from Stanton that budget allocations for staff salaries and special education costs did not reflect the actual obligations of the School District. Shortly after he was hired last summer, Stanton identified the errors and pointed them out to Bent and the School Committee. The senior administration has since been working to trim costs and develop a budget for FY15 that accurately reflects the district's commitments.
Bent emphasized that while layoffs are never easy, the "philosophy behind the cuts was to stay as far from the classroom as we could," which is reflected in central office, paraprofessional and custodial staff reductions as well as Bent's own contract.
The superintendent was quick to point out that all of the district's expenditures are legitimate, and he also emphasized that the current crisis is due in no small part to the district's reluctance to fully fund a "proper" budget in recent years.
"We have been underfunding the budget all along, and the chickens are coming home to roost," he said. The district's reliance on its Excess and Deficiency Fund (E&D) to make up shortfalls each year, combined with the faulty accounting procedures, masked the ongoing underfunding problem. In fiscal year 2015, Bent said, E&D will no longer be available to tap for shortfalls and the district will need to "clean the process and develop a budget based on the real numbers."
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Under Bent, who replaced Mastrocola, the district has restored some necessary staff and programs, including the addition of therapeutic classrooms at the middle and high schools, resulting in some students returning to the district from outside placements.
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Bent said he is committed to spend his remaining months with the district building a solid, transparent budget process and a realistic budget that accurately reflects the needs of the district.


Both School Committee Chair Alison ...

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Both School Committee Chair Alison Manugian, and Groton-Dunstable Education Association President Carolyn Scafidi, spoke positively about Anthony Bent, the Interim Superintendent.


Shrewsbury Alumni Association History

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The SHS Alumni Association thanks Dr. Collins, former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anthony Bent, former SHS principals Dr. Daniel Gutekanst and Dr. Brian Reagan, present Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Sawyer, and SHS Principal Todd Bazydlo for their continued support.


The SHS Alumni Association ...

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The SHS Alumni Association thanks Dr. Collins, former Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anthony Bent, former SHS principals Dr. Daniel Gutekanst and Dr. Brian Reagan, present Superintendent of Schools Dr. Joseph Sawyer, and SHS Principal Todd Bazydlo for their continued support.


NESDEC HOME

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Anthony J. Bent, Ed.D. Staff Associate, Executive Searching, Planning

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Anthony J. Bent, Ed.D. Staff Associate, Executive Search Program, Planning Services Dr. Anthony Bent received his Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degree from Boston College. He served as a Superintendent of Schools for the Shrewsbury School District for 15 years and, recently, as an Interim Superintendent for two school districts in Massachusetts. He has held several administrative positions in public schools, including Director of Curriculum and Instruction (K-12). While serving as a superintendent, Dr. Bent oversaw four new school facility projects. Dr. Bent is also active in the coaching of area superintendents for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents.

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