Bauer set to become Danvers superintendent

Marblehead High School Principal Dan Bauer was selected to be the next superintendent of schools in Danvers, closing the book on his tenure in town, where he led the high school for seven years, navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bauer was one of three finalists for the Danvers position and won unanimous approval from the Danvers School Committee. In an interview Tuesday evening, he said it’s been a “whirlwind” since he got the call.

“When I received the phone call, I was obviously excited and happy and honored that they selected me,” he said.

Bauer will not depart Marblehead until after the conclusion of the 2022-23 school year, as his contract with Danvers is set to begin on July 1, he said.

He said he was looking forward to working to better the district, which he has become familiar with working in Marblehead.

While Bauer refrained from offering specific goals or policy ideas for Danvers, he said he wanted to make sure to develop a good working relationship with the community as he transitions into leading a district.

“Working together in order to make the district the best it can be, I think it’s that simple,” he said. “The same approach that I like to use here [in Marblehead], just building community and working together and celebrating our successes. Those are things that I’d like to bring with me in my new role.”

With months left to go in his tenure, Bauer said he looks back on his time in Marblehead with fond memories and is proud of the work he accomplished alongside his staff.

“I’m very proud of the work that we’ve done here. I’m very proud of our staff. I’m proud of our students. Enjoy working with families,” he said. “I really enjoy the community. It’s been great. Lots of great relationships have developed over the years, and I feel honored to serve as the principal here.”