Welcome to ABRSD

The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District (ABRSD) is a comprehensive PreK-12 school system serving the communities of Acton and Boxborough, located about 20 miles northwest of Boston.  The Acton-Boxborough mission is to develop engaged, well-balanced learners through collaborative caring relationships. The Acton and Boxborough communities strongly support excellence in public education and are truly dedicated to instilling a passion for learning in our students. The district prioritizes students’ social and emotional well-being while supporting students to excel academically and through extensive and diverse extra-curricular opportunities. Serving 5,700 students, the district is comprised of nine schools including the Carol Huebner early childhood program, six elementary schools, one junior high school, and one high school. The towns of Acton and Boxborough are deliberate choices for residents and educators seeking the best educational opportunities.

 Peter Light

Superintendent of Schools
On July 1st, 2018 Peter Light became Superintendent of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District.  AB employs nearly 1000 full and part-time teachers, counselors, administrators, and support staff. To view more information about the Superintendent, visit the Superintendent's page, or reach Mr. Light by email.


Marie Altieri, M.Ed.

Deputy Superintendent

Under the leadership of Marie Altieri, the Human Resources Department directs the recruitment, hiring, evaluation of all staff, and placement of substitute teachers. Ms. Altieri also oversees the enrollment and placement of students, the kindergarten lottery, and wait-lists. Information about registering students can be found here.  For more information, please view the Human Resources section.  Ms. Altieri can be reached by email.

Deborah Bookis, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning


The Teaching and Learning Department is a resource for support staff, parents, teachers, and administrators as we form a teaching and learning community endeavoring to provide effective instruction for students PreK-12. Deborah Bookis can be reached by email. Follow her on Twitter @dbookis and participate in our learning by using the hashtag #ABlearns. To view the Teaching and Learning section, click here.

David Verdolino
Director of Finance


Overseeing the Finance department, David Verdolino and his team are responsible for the management of the financial processes of the school system, including budget, payroll, purchasing, accounts payable, grants, gifts, and the collection of fees.

Dawn Bentley, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


An AB alumna, Dr. Bentley began working in the district in 2016. During the 2019-20 school year, Dr. Bentley's title shifted from Assistant Superintendent for Student Services to Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  The focus of her work in this new role is to lead our efforts around DEI and Social-Emotional Learning.  Additionally, Dr. Bentley oversees PK-12 counseling, nursing, social-emotional learning, and English language education services and programs to meet the needs of students across the district. You can reach Dawn by email or go to the Student Services section for more information.

truslowJennifer Truslow
Director of Student Services

Within the realm of Special Education, students receive academic and therapeutic interventions at all levels from preschool through completion of secondary education or until transition to adult services. 

Andrew Shen
Director of Special Projects 


Andrew joins the Superintendent's Office after serving as the Principal of RJ Grey Junior High from 2012-2021.  His work as Director of Special Projects encompasses a range of district-wide initiatives that include strategic communication with the community, and within the District, as well as supporting the District's attention to incorporating data and data analysis in its commitment to equitable opportunities and outcomes in terms of student learning.  


Amy Bisiewicz
Director of Educational Technology


"Ubiqitous Access, Balanced Approach" is the theme of the Department of Educational Technology's 2021 Technology Plan.  Find out more about technology in our schools by visiting the EDTech page
Amy Bisiewicz can be reached by email.

J.D. Head

Director of School Operations


Under the leadership of JD Head, the school Operations department manages and maintains all buildings and grounds as well as the transportation system for AB. All of the staff aim to deliver excellence in managing resources and in supporting the learning environment of our students and faculty.

JD Head can be reached by email. You can follow the Department on Twitter @ABfacilities. For more information on School Operations at AB, click here.

Beth Petr

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and School Committee

As the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and the Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee, Beth Petr strives to support our mission to prepare all students to attain their full potential as life-long learners, critical thinkers, and productive citizens of our diverse community and global society.
Beth Petr can be reached by email

Erin Bettez

Director of Community Education


Under the direction of Erin Bettez, Acton-Boxborough Community Education program provides an array of classes, programs, and unique opportunities to learn something new about the community, our world, and/or ourselves. This impressive organization is a wonderful part of our district team and extends the richness that our school system provides to the greater community. The district encourages members of the public to explore all of the great programs included in each season's Interaction catalog. For more information about AB Community Ed, click here.

Erin Bettez can be reached by email.



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