The Fitchburg School Committee appointed Robert M. Jokela Acting Superintendent in October 2018. Being the child of immigrants and a FHS alum, he wants every child attending Fitchburg Public Schools to have the opportunity to be college or career ready after they complete their learning in Fitchburg Public Schools. Mr. Jokela brings his knowledge of the school district, local connections and leadership experience to improve the learning outcomes of all our students.
Prior to his appointment, Mr. Jokela served as the Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Operations, where he oversaw over $10M of facilities upgrades and the installation of two rooftop solar displays at our schools. Mr. Jokela was also involved with the upgrade of the IT infrastructure to a state-of-the-art wireless network across all of our schools to increase digital content delivery for teaching and learning. Mr. Jokela led efforts to secure funding for the Fitchburg Flourishes Early Childhood Literacy initiative.
Fitchburg Flourishes is the district’s early childhood literacy initiative being rolled out at childcare centers across the city and the school department as a learning supplement.
Mr. Jokela previously held leadership roles in Fitchburg-based companies and a social service agency. He is a graduate of Mt. Wachusett Community College and UMass Amherst, and later earned a Master’s in Business Administration from Bentley University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Clark University. He also completed the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) program in 2012, and holds active professional licenses as Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent and School Business Administrator in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Jokela Named Superintendent
The School Committee voted Monday, December 10, 2018 to make Bob Jokela the next superintendent of the city's public schools.
He will take over the role permanently starting July 1 pending successful contract negotiations. Five of the seven committee members said he was their pick for the position.
"I'm excited to continue with this opportunity that I started as acting superintendent," Jokela said after the meeting. "I look forward to working with the School Committee, staff, and the community to make Fitchburg Public Schools the best urban district in the state."
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