Superintendent John Doherty Wins Prestigious Award


District Attorney Marian Ryan presents Dr. John F. Doherty, Superintendent of Reading Public Schools, the Dr. Patrick A. Schettini Jr. Award

More than 120 school superintendents, police chiefs, and fire chiefs from Middlesex County joined Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. at the Superintendents’ and Chiefs’ Breakfast. This annual event, held at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, brings staff from the District Attorney’s office together with educators, law enforcement, and community leaders to collaborate on students’ safety, juvenile justice and crime prevention strategies. Dr. John F. Doherty, Superintendent of Reading Public Schools, was honored with the Dr. Patrick A. Schettini Jr. award.

“The partnership formed between educators, law enforcement officials and fire chiefs presents a unique opportunity for the exchange of ideas and information amongst community leaders to find new and innovative ways to keep students safe each year,” said District Attorney Ryan. “In Middlesex County we are incredibly fortunate to have superintendents and law enforcement officials who are dedicated to addressing the changing needs of our young people and the challenges that they may encounter this school year.”

At the Superintendents’ and Chiefs’ Breakfast each fall, the Dr. Patrick A. Schettini, Jr. Award is presented to a school superintendent, fire, or police chief for their commitment to the health and safety of students in their communities. The award was created in 2010 to honor Dr. Schettini’s legacy as an outstanding educator and leader. Dr. Schettini, the Reading Public Schools superintendent, was a highly esteemed member of the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. Board of Directors and was actively involved in the organization’s prevention work. After Dr. Schettini’s death in 2009, the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth Board of Directors created an award in his memory. The award recognizes Dr. Schettini’s leadership and compassion and honors a professional who keeps the health and safety of students at the center of their influence, while dealing with the complexities of the 21st century.

Dr. John F. Doherty, who served as an Assistant Superintendent in the Reading Public Schools with Dr. Schettini, was appointed as Superintendent of Schools following Dr. Schettini’s death. At the breakfast, Dr. Doherty was honored for his student-centered approach to learning and his innovative efforts to promote social and emotional learning. His array of social emotional interventions and supports systems have helped Reading students to be successful academically and personally.

“John’s commitment to the health and safety of his students is a model for all leaders in Middlesex County,” said Margie Daniels, Executive Director of Middlesex Partnerships for Youth. “Every decision he makes as a superintendent is grounded in what is best for students. His close working relationship with Dr. Schettini makes today’s award especially meaningful.”

Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., (MPY) is a non-profit organization which provides prevention and intervention resources and training to school districts and communities in collaboration with the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office. Margie Daniels is the Executive Director. District Attorney Ryan chairs the MPY Board of Directors.

Through MPY’s efforts, educators, parents, and students engage in collaborative trainings with law enforcement, social services, and community-based organizations as well as share the latest information and resources. Such interactions provide the foundation for creating solution-oriented, community-based, multi-disciplinary approaches to addressing issues including youth violence, substance abuse, child abuse and neglect, hate crimes, and harassment across Middlesex County. Learn more about MPY’s programs at

Click here to see our recent interview with Dr. Doherty.

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