Laura Perille, the president and chief executive of the Boston education nonprofit EdVestors, said she intends to push for change as the interim superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, and won’t simply serve as a caretaker until a permanent leader comes aboard.
“The chairman [of the School Committee] and the mayor have given me broad authority,” Perille said Thursday in her first interview since being nominated as the temporary schools chief. “Important moves can be made by an interim that can position the next leader with a better platform than they would be walking into in this particular moment in time.”
Perille’s remarks came during an editorial board meeting with the Globe, as she sat next to Mayor Martin. J. Walsh and a few seats away from School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto, who formally announced her recommendation for the post the previous night. She will replace Superintendent Tommy Chang, after he and Walsh decided last week to part ways, ending a rocky three-year tenure.