Superintendent's Introduction



Dear Rockport Public Schools Community,


It is my honor and privilege to serve as Superintendent of the Rockport Public Schools. From January 2022 through June 2022, I was fortunate to informally begin the transition process by attending various board and committee meetings, and spending time in the District and Town meeting with members of the RPS staff and Rockport community. These experiences confirmed my belief that Rockport is a special place with an incredible sense of community pride and commitment to public education. 


During the summer, I will be developing an entry plan that will be presented to the School Committee at their August meeting. Over the next several months, I will focus on listening and learning as much as I can, as thoroughly as possible, about our school district. The entry plan is intended to provide an inclusive framework for me to collaborate with school and community stakeholders to identify areas of strength as well as areas in need of improvement in an effort to develop a new Strategy for District Improvement that will guide our work and help us define and reach our long-term goals. 


I have dedicated my career to supporting the growth and achievement of all students by striving to foster an inclusive classroom, school, and district culture that recognizes and responds to their individual needs, provides them with equitable access to high quality educational experiences, and helps them discover their own potential to turn passion into possibility. I believe that all children can learn, and deserve to be taught and supported by dedicated, highly effective teachers who share this same belief. Additionally, I believe that all learning communities deserve to be led by trustworthy, innovative, and collaborative leaders who, in partnership with the community, can develop and implement a district vision and strategy that challenges all learners to maximize their potential and positively impact our world. 


I look forward to collaborating with stakeholders and aim to remain positive, adaptive, and focused on providing the best educational environment possible for our students. It is my hope that we will work together in the best interest of all of our students and provide them with the highest quality education possible so that they will be prepared to make a positive impact on their community and world.




Mark W. Branco, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Rockport Public Schools