Newly hired School Superintendent Stacy Scott is eager to begin his first year at the helm of the Dracut public schools. Valley Dispatch/Dennis Shaughnessey
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DRACUT — On a recent summer day in August, when almost everyone in the district was getting an early jump to the mountains or the beach, newly hired School Superintendent Stacy Scott was busy in his office, looking over budget numbers, enrollment projections, teacher assignments, and much more.

The 50-year-old Dorchester native took over the reins of the district on July 1, becoming the third Dracut superintendent in as many years.

His most recent job was as associate superintendent for the Montgomery Public School District in Maryland, but he is not unfamiliar with New England, or the Merrimack Valley for that matter. He called Lowell home for five years and his two daughters attended the Bailey School.

The Valley Dispatch stopped in on him unexpectedly last week, and asked him five questions.

Q. How would you assess the state of public education in America today?

A. It’s still struggling to become a profession of high standards and clear goals. There are incredible challenges, but great strides have been made. There have been successes.

Q. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the Dracut Public School District in the next three to five years?

A. Providing building capacity to meet the needs of all the students. Enrollments are increasing and we need to figure out a comprehensive strategy.

Q. What has been your most pleasant surprise since coming to Dracut?

A. Just how welcoming and warm everyone has been. This has been one of the most exciting processes I’ve ever been a part of. Hearing people’s hopes and dreams and knowing that I’ll be a part of it. Dracut has a real family feel to it. Everybody is connected and that gives you great opportunity and great challenges.

Q. If you weren’t in education, what other career would you like to have had?

A. I love working with my hands in the ground. Landscaping. I think I would have been a great landscaping artist. Or a singer.

I love to sing rhythm and blues, a cappella, spirituals. I would like to have been a professional singer.

Q. What is the worse thing about yourself that you’re willing to make public?

A. I’m not a morning person. I’m definitely a night person and I tend to stay up way too late at night.

So when I have an early morning meeting, I’m sending my better twin.