Prior to his appointment as Acting Superintendent, Robert M. Jokela served as the school department's Assistant Superintendent of Finance & Operations where he oversaw over $10M of facilities upgrades and the installation of two rooftop solar displays at our schools. Bob was also involved with upgrade of the IT infrastructure to a state of the art wireless network across all our schools tp allow additional content to help our students receive and learn digital content. Bob led the efforts to secure funding for the Fitchburg Flourishes Early Childhood Literacy initiative. Bob is a native of Fitchburg and graduated from FHS in 1984, and continued his college education at Mt. Wachusett Community College and UMass Amherst. Bob later earned a Masters in Business Administration from Bentley University and a Masters in Public Administration from Clark University. Being the child of immigrants has shaped his values and wants every child attending Fitchburg Public Schools to have the opportunity to be both college or career ready after they complete their learning in Fitchburg Public Schools. Bob brings his local connections and background in business and non profit leadership to the district to improve the learning outcomes of all our students.