The Tri-County School Committee has unanimously appointed Karen Maguire of Carver as the Tri-County RVTHS Superintendent-Director as Stephen Dockray retires on June 30th. Dockray has worked for the Tri-County School District for 15 years, where he started as the Business Manager and transitioned to Superintendent-Director in 2011.
As business manager, Dockray was given the opportunity to work on projects that got me involved in the academic aspects of the school. “I was able to work on grants and see the curriculum through innovative programs such as the summer academy and academic support,” says Dockray. He attended the Massachusetts Vocational Leadership Academy, which covers leadership, building community, personnel, finance, law, health insurance, curriculum, and special education to prepare for the Superintendent-Director position.
One of the difficulties Dockray is facing is the COVID-19 pandemic. The ever-changing climate of the pandemic has made his final year as Superintendent challenging. Vocational programs were phased back in with alternating grades attending two days a week and have been in person four days a week since November 2020. The goal is to have students phase in back to in-person learning by the end of April.
As Superintendent, Dockray has completed several large projects and capital improvements, including installing a new HVAC system, replacing the roof, upgrading to LED lighting throughout the building, a complete renovation of the engineering and advanced manufacturing career program space, and adding new programs, Medical Assisting and Legal and Protective Services. “Our goal is to monitor labor statistics and to adapt to the current and future workforce climate. We want to offer opportunities for our students to be successful both in the workforce after high school or be able to pursue further education.”
Dockray has been working tirelessly for years to get the school renovation project in the pipeline with MSBA. Maguire will be tasked with getting approval from the sending towns to make the project a reality.
For his retirement plans, Dockray looks forward to traveling and getting out of the cold for the winter. “I’ve enjoyed my 15 years at Tri-County, but it is time for someone new to bring in new ideas and implement their thinking. Tri-County is a great school, and the knowledge and experience Karen will bring to the role will benefit the Tri-County School District. I wish her the best as she transitions into her new role this summer,” Stephen Dockray, Superintendent-Director
Maguire will join Tri-County from Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School where she served as Vice Principal and most recently as Director of Career Pathways and Integrated Learning and Engagement. Prior to being Vice Principal Maguire was a teacher at both vocational and traditional high schools.
Maguire is a graduate of South Shore Regional Vocational Technical High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Teacher Education from Johnson and Wales University and a Master in Education Leadership from Fitchburg State College.
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SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers, and industry working together to ensure that America has a skilled workforce. They provide educational programs, events and competitions that support career and technical education in the nation’s classrooms. “SkillsUSA is an investment in student success and its impact on student learning will be felt over the coming years,” said Tri-County electrical instructor, Robert Sprague.
1st Competition: Industrial Motor Control
The contestant is required to install electrical wiring and other devices used in an industrial setting as well as design and troubleshoot electrical diagrams using the proper testing instrument.
Gold – Jack Whittlesy, Sherborn
Silver – Ryan Nawn, Franklin
Bronze – Sean O’Reilly, Bellingham
2nd Competition: Residential Wiring
Contestants in residential wiring are tested on their ability to install wiring in a residence, working from drawings and specification sheets.
Gold – Alex Majewski, North Attleborough
Silver – Alan Zheng, North Attleborough
SkillsUSA State Competition
Students who earned gold and silver medals in the district competition now qualify for the state SkillsUSA competition, which will be held April 29th – May 1st. “This is the industry that I am in and I can tell you that there is a great demand in this field,” said Tri-County Advisory Committee Chairman, John Rainone. “Tri-County students will continue to ‘work hard because today counts,’ just as our school motto states,” commented Tri-County electrical instructor, Francis McKeown.
Students in the carpentry program are getting hands-on experience during a renovation in Wrentham
Students have been able to gain some real-world experience as they renovate the gazebo in the center of Wrentham. The junior and senior students and their instructor, Jeremy Barstow, have been working on replacing all of the trim and roofing and repairing structural framing. They hope to have the roof finished by the end of this year. Barstow comments, “The roof is a traditional cedar shingle system which is a labor-intensive process. It is an excellent opportunity for the students to work with one of the classic roofing materials.
Chad Lovett, Director of Facilities for the Town of Wrentham, reached out to Tri-County for the renovation. The students have been working on the renovation for a few months now. “This is a great project for our students with a lot of unique detailed work. It will certainly push our students to grow as carpenters while having a lot of fun. The students are learning skills they can apply after graduation and are proud to be part of a build project that will be enjoyed by the community for many years to come,” says Jeremy Barstow, Carpentry Instructor.
Students collaborate on out-of-this-world issues facing NASA and create viable solutions
The Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School District is pleased to announce all six teams that participated in this year’s NASA HUNCH Program were selected as semi-finalists. The NASA HUNCH Program asks vocational students to help solve problems facing astronauts. Each year a set of approximately ten issues are presented in September. Students select the issue they would like to work on and form teams. All juniors in the Engineering Program participate. (www.hunchdesign.com)
The students in the NASA HUNCH Program work with mentors, college professors, national companies, engineers from NASA, and other organizations to help hone their ideas. In addition, each student is encouraged to include their work with NASA on their resume. The students’ fresh perspective, time, and energy assists the Research and Integration Office out of the Johnson Space Center.
This year, the students worked to provide a preliminary design review in February. After this review, teams refine their ideas and have a critical design review. Critical Design Review typically takes place in New Jersey but was held remotely this year. The finalists are invited to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX, to present to NASA and anyone interested. This year the students will be presenting virtually but, Kristen Magas, an Engineering Teacher, hopes this will give them a wider audience of people who typically wouldn’t be able to attend the presentation in person. “I wish these kids could have the experience of going to Houston to work with NASA, hopefully being recognized and having a chance to present virtually to anyone at Johnson Space Center will be memorable,” says Kristen Magas, Engineering Technology Instructor.
The three teams of finalists include:
Matt Gorton, John Greener, Rick Hamilton, Emily Anne Matheson, Tyler Fiore, Shriya Sivakumar, Kyle Hughes created a No Heat Shield, allowing a package to reenter the atmosphere without burning up safely. In addition, this team was able to work with a local fire department to drop test their prototypes from the top of a fire truck ladder and got licensed as HAM radio operators to test their radio transmitter.
Owen Fedele, Lucas Celeste, Nolan Angliss designed a Lunar Food Bite Dispenser to allow astronauts to eat while on long spacewalks with ease. This trio was selected as finalists last year as well.
Anthony Botteri, Max Rounds, James Gingras, Brian Belanger, Tyler McKinnon (with help from Elijah DePaolo and Eric Conway) collaborated on the Lunar Dust Baffle to help keep lunar soil on habitats to protect astronauts from radiation and micrometeorites. This team pulled together their various strengths and made an incredible impact.
The teams presented their projects to NASA in late April. Next steps include one team developing their idea or blending ideas to create a solution. Through the HUNCH Program, Tri-County designed hardware for storage lockers used in space by the Advanced Manufacturing students.
We had a very successful fall with hockey, girls soccer, and girls soccer all making it to the May flower league championship. Girls soccer won the Mayflower league championship. Football went 5-1, and girls cross country was undefeated.
The Varsity Volleyball team went 12-1 regular season, 12-2 overall with a final game verse Westport in a crossover championship. The girls played hard all season and experiences triumphs along the way including remaining undefeated at home.
Senior Cam Schweitzer finished her high school career with a 48-12 record and ranks second in career blocks for Tri-County Volleyball.
The Boys Hockey team went 8-3-0, we finished second in the league, losing to SouthEastern in the Mayflower championship game (3-2). “We had an incredible season, and we’re grateful to Mrs. Martin for making it happen. I’m proud of the boys and more specifically the team in what they accomplished this season, and I’m thankful that I was allowed to be part of the ride,” Bryan Harrington, Boys Hockey Coach.
We are offering: baseball, softball, boys/girls lacrosse, boys/girls outdoor track and field, and wrestling.
Tri-County prepares our graduates for a wide variety of fulfilling career and education opportunities upon graduation. Our alumni apply their knowledge to make meaningful contributions to society. Take a look at our Alumni Spotlights to see where their education has taken them and the lessons they have learned along the way.
Samantha Butler graduated from Tri-County in 2020 from the Carpentry Career Program. Since graduation she has honed her skills and followed her career path to become a 2nd year apprentice in the Carpenter’s Union in her first year. Sam is an active member in the Sisters in the Brotherhood, a group for female carpenters in the union. The group gets together to hang out and support one another and help get more females into the union.
How well did Tri-County prepare you for the challenges you faced, or will face, in your career?
Really well. While at Tri-County I worked on building the new medical shop and was able to work on metal framing for a low wall. The experiences I had at Tri-County helped me develop my skills and has advanced my career. I am a second-year apprentice and the teacher is having me help teach other students.
How has your career path changed since graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to be a Union Carpenter but I didn’t know there were so many roles I could pursue. I could be a journeyman, foreman, or supervisor. I am applying to Wentworth for either my CSL or Construction Management.
What is the most exciting element of your career?
Working on a project and being able to see it completed and realizing how good it looks.
What is the most difficult thing you have faced in your career?
Trying to keep up with the journeymen. I always challenge myself to keep up and feel like I need to prove myself. The journeymen understand and respect that I take my time and produce quality work.
What advice would you give to someone looking to enter your line of work?
Stick to what you want and don’t take no for an answer.
How did Tri-County support you in your career goals?
I was able to gain the experience I needed during high school. My hands-on experience helps me get recognized and allowed me to advance to a second-year journeyman in my first year.
The exploratory program helped me decide on a career. When I entered high school, I had no idea what program I wanted to enter. After exploratory, I knew I would either like to be in Early Education or Carpentry and when I went through Carpentry it clicked. I knew I loved it and am glad I was able to try different careers before committing.
What is your favorite memory from studying at Tri-County?
Senior Project and going on-site to projects.
For my senior project I wanted to focus on wood that would last outdoors. It was stressful but it gave me an opportunity to research my project my junior year for a paper and then create a finished product during my senior year. I created a cedar porch swing and learned a lot during the process.
Going on-site to work on projects gave me hands on experience. One of my favorite projects was building a garage near Franklin High School.
Imagine you were going to start high school again- knowing what you know now- what advice would you give yourself?
Stick to your gut. Don’t second guess yourself. Doesn’t matter what other people say. Try it. You can do it!
Would you recommend studying at Tri-County?