Madison Park executive director to return

Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School.John Blanding/Globe Staff/File 2012/Boston Globe

Boston school officials have completed an internal investigation involving Kevin McCaskill, the executive director at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School in Roxbury, and have cleared him to return to work, school officials announced Thursday.

McCaskill, who holds the top leadership post at the school, has been on administrative leave since Dec. 4 while the School Department conducted an investigation. School officials have never revealed why McCaskill was under investigation and declined to answer any questions Thursday night about the investigation, including its findings.

School district officials informed students during two assemblies Thursday afternoon that McCaskill would be back on Jan. 4. They also held meetings with faculty.


Many students, who describe McCaskill as a father figure, have been pushing for his return, and more than 100 of them staged a walkout two weeks ago, marching to School Department headquarters in a show of support.

Kevin McCaskill.
Kevin McCaskill.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff/File 2015

Brett Dickens, an assistant headmaster, who stepped into the role of acting headmaster when McCaskill went on leave, will continue to serve in that post. McCaskill had been serving double duty — executive director and headmaster — since last December when the school’s last permanent headmaster, Shawn Shackelford, went on leave. He subsequently left the system. The School Department has never explained why he went on leave.

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